Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened by the killings of children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The situation has become the talk of the town(s) across the nation whether it is in the media and/or individuals.
It has incited the government(s) and the NRA to increase their arguments of the pros and cons of gun control at federal, state and county levels. It has become a political topic prompting legislation across all sectors. Parents are raising concerns at schools about the safety of their children.
But where is the outrage for the five children who die in this country daily due to abuse-related deaths? We live in a society who only cries outrage when children are killed and the killing is shown on national TV, but remain silent on a daily basis as five children die each day in this country from abuse-related death.
As those children were being killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, it is possible that a child was dying from abuse right in our own neighborhood.
Approximately 80 percent of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4. It is estimated that between 50-60 percent of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates. Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
Who will cry outrage for the five children who will possibly die today due to an abuse-related death? Will anyone other than their killer hear their cry as they are dying? Will we even know how many children will possibly die this year due to abuse-related death?
Cherie Holm, Meadow Vista