As the anniversary of the shooting at Newtown, Connecticut approaches, church leaders and others are talking about what comes next a year after the tragedy.
On Dec. 14 2012, Adam Lanza shot his mother and then opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School where he killed 20 children and six adults. He then shot himself.
Here’s what people are saying one year later:
"The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable. The president and I have made it a priority to do everything we can to make it easier to access mental health services.” Vice President Joe Biden in an announcement that the White House will give $100 million for mental health facilities and access.
“I see the impact of the message on the people around me, the people of Newtown. We are now a community of random acts of kindness. They say being loved gives you strength and loving another gives you courage. Turns out there are a lot of courageous people in Newtown, because we chose love.” Tim Stan, a Newtown resident who started the “We are Sandy Hook – We choose love” campaign.
“As wicked, evil, unfair, random and deep as the pain may be, even in this country today, in Christ we have hope that the pain will one day be removed. We have hope in life because we have hope in Christ’s death.”Barry Corey, president of Biola University.
“Such is the gospel message of Christ. The world may bring its worst to heap upon you. It may endeavor to break your body and even your heart. But nothing human hands can do is capable of extinguishing the spark at the core of the human spirit. We choose to endure. We choose to love anyway. Just as Jesus did.” Christian Piatt, First Christian Church in Portland, Ore.
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.