This post was first published April 24, 2013.
Fast forward to May 28, 2014:
2013 arrived with nonstop devastation. We hardly recover from one horrific event, until another presents itself. The past week inflicted more sadness and terror than anyone should have to bear, yet everyday people endured.
Everyday people prove over and over that we are resilient. In the face of tragedy, we manage to find strength and courage. We rise to the occasion and meet whatever challenges we face. We persevere.
The past week’s events reminded us of the everyday people who choose to become firefighters and law enforcement agents. Their commitment to perform the job the public has entrusted them to do does not permit them to compromise the well-being of those they serve.
This past week congress chose to ignore the wishes of everyday people and defeated a compromise plan to expand background checks on firearms sales as well as a proposal to ban some semi-automatic weapons modeled after military assault weapons.