|Elementary School Corner Ketch, Pennsylvania 1902|
There was a day when a seven year old could go to school and not have to worry about being killed by a crazed gunman with an assault rifle.
The photo above is of my grandfather George Lincoln Hadfield's elementary school class. The class photo of his one room schoolhouse in Corner Ketch, Pennsylvania was taken about 1902. My grandfather was born in 1896 and was about seven years old. He is the serious dark haired boy seated on the left.
Most of the children in this photo were allowed to grow up and have families of their own. If my grandfather had died during a school shooting I, of course, would not be here today.
Thank God assault rifles were not available during his day to adults who were intent on exercising their Second Amendment rights. Even though our American culture has always worshiped violence, at least children who went to school were safe.
|1st Grade Class East Ward Elementary School 1950|
As late as 1950, my brother Isaac also attended grade school where he and his classmates did not have to fear that a gunman would take their lives in a random shooting. My brother is the third child (first boy) from the left in the back row in front of the school door.
Most of the children in this photo of the Downingtown East Ward Elementary School class of 1950 also grew up to have children and grandchildren of their own.
Unfortunately, twenty children died today. Their lives snuffed out by a culture that glorifies violence and has a twisted sense of "rights" that the average citizen has the "right" to own an assault rifle. These children, whose lives ended today, will never grow up, never have their own families, never.
|Children leaving Connecticut grade school today after latest tragedy - 2012|
A senseless tragedy. How many more must die before we come to our senses in this country and put into place sensible gun control laws?