Dear News Media, you suck. Whatever happened to journalism? Fact finding? Truth before reporting? You're nothing more than sleazy lawyers hanging out in hospital parking lots looking for unsuspecting clients. I stopped watching your sensationalist 'news' a long time ago and I refuse to start again until you grow the fuck up.
Dear Law Enforcement officials, you're stronger than they are. Don't cave to the news media and government officials when they beg and threaten you for inaccurate crumbs to feed to the tabloid media machine. Just say no.
Dear Law Enforcement and First Responders, we love you. We're so sorry that you have to see such terrible things. We hope our love and support is enough to get you through each day. There is no one we trust more than you.
Dear Mr. President, don't tell the people that we will do everything we can so that this terrible tragedy doesn't happen again. You can't prevent them. No one can. If someone wants to harm others they will. It's not pretty but its the truth.
Dear Families in Newtown, we are all thinking of you. We are all sending our love and support. We are so sorry. We know it can never be enough.
Dear America, nothing is black and white. You should know that by now. It's not something we can fix by saying if we take away A then B will never happen. Life doesn't work that way.
Stop trying to place blame everywhere except where it belongs.
It's not non-religious people vs. religious people. It's not gun owners vs. non-gun owners. It's not Democrats vs. Republicans.
It's just people. We need to care more. We need to pay more attention to our kids. We need to help each other.
And not just when tragedy strikes.
I'm sure my words aren't new. I'm sure my words will anger some. But, they are my words and I will stand by them.
My heart breaks for these children. The same age as my own son. I had the luxury of waking him for school this morning. I didn't want to let him out of my sight and I cried after I put him on the bus. If you knew me, you would know that was rare.
My comfort is this, for every [insert deviant type here] out there, who wants to harm others to fill whatever hole they have in their lives, there are thousands of good people doing the right thing for others without wanting a thing in return.
Maybe one day the news media will report those stories.