Tags: Blessings | Newtown | Sandy | Hook

Counting Our Blessings, After Newtown

Monday, 24 Dec 2012 09:48 AM

By Jon Friedman

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
It might have seemed as if our nation hit rock bottom when 20 children (and six adults) were gunned down in the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Conn. How could a madman commit such an atrocity against schoolchildren!
Even now, with a few weeks of distance between that horrendous event, it still doesn't make a bit of sense. I don't care about the discussions about guns, mental illness, violent movies and video games. Nothing about the massacre makes any sense to me. Let the sociologists and social workers try to make sense of it all, for now.
What also makes sense is our inescapable, indescribable American spirit. We are an indomitable people. We are bloodied but never broken. We remain a strong, courageous people of battlers. It takes a lot to get us down.
It was heartwarming and stirring to see so many people — strangers, really, to Newtown — rally around the townspeople, the community, and the American way of life. We recovered after 9/11, you'll remember well.
We all felt horribly helpless in the wake of the shootings. It mattered little that the gunman eventually completed his murderous spree by claiming his own life. The damage had grotesquely been done. Nothing that he could have subsequently done or sad, in a burst of unexpected lucidity, would have made a difference. He wasn't going to be able to bring back the victims.
He'll go on to be a footnote in some history of the insane.
The rest of us? We will always grieve for the memory of those innocent little children who were killed on that terrible day. Of course, we'll never quite get over it. But we will somehow persevere as a nation, and go on. 
After all, it's the American way. We are not broken. That's the reason why we can count our blessings, even after such an unspeakable tragedy. We are Americans. 
Jon Friedman writes the Media Web column for MarketWatch.com. www.marketwatch.com/story/are-these-media-stocks-takeover-bait-2012-12-21. Click here to read his latest column. He is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)invention, Shunning the Naysayers and Creating a Personal Revolution. Click here to order a copy. Read more reports from Jon Friedman — Click Here Now.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Colbert the Right Choice to Replace Letterman

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 07:17 AM

CBS made the right call with Colbert, pure and simple.  . . .

All Eyes on UConn for the Championship

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 07:13 AM

As with the saga of any overnight success story, UConn seems like an unlikely championship contender.  . . .

Did Michael Lewis Really Break News With 'Flash Boys'?

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 16:42 PM

All of Wall Street and Main Street are buzzing about best-selling author Michael Lewis' claim, publicized lavishly by hi . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved