No Thought, No Prayers


Amanda Sanchez, Staff Writer

On December 14, 2012, a father had said his final goodbyes unknowingly to his six-year-old son. That father, Lenny Pozner, has been forever changed by the events that unfolded that day, as it resulted in the life of his little boy, Noah, being taken from a deranged gunman. Seven years after this devastating event, Pozner now faces a new obstacle: proving the death of his own son. Pozner battles in court against “hoaxers,” people accusing the families of the Sandy Hook victims for being “actors as a part of a government-backed hoax aimed at confiscating American’s firearms.”1

The Pozners, along with other affected families, continue to relive their most traumatizing moments, time and time again in order to rid others of whatever doubt they may cast in their minds of the shootings. Is this truly the treatment we are to give to those that have already lost so much? Are we so warped in our mindsets that we would rather the loss of American lives rather than the loss of firearms?

After the tragedy of Sandy Hook, we said never again would something like this happen, never again would we need to fear losing the lives of our loved ones to gun violence. Yet ever since then, we have let 2,389 mass shootings happen in our nation.2 Politicians, celebrities, and the general public are all guilty of doing nothing to bring change to this growing issue that has corrupted our country. We continue to make excuses for the problem, and never directly attack the root cause of the issue. 

The United States stands out strikingly in the statistics of shootings around the world, having the weakest gun laws in the developed world.2 We continue to provide the families of the fallen with the pathetic phrase, “Thoughts and Prayers.” No thoughts or prayers will ever bring back the fallen, or even come near to compensating the loss that family and friends face.

Here’s a statistic to reflect upon: the United States loses eight children a day from gun violence. We submit meekly to the belief that nothing can be changed.

That could not be any further from the truth.

In almost every documented case of active shooters, there have been warning signs. In 4 out of 5 school shootings, approximately one other person knew of the impending actions of the shooter, yet failed to report it.3 With only some heightened vigilance, it is possible to prevent the next shooting.

To those that remain silent, the body count is on your hands.