Six years ago today, I remember being at a work luncheon and getting the news about Sandy Hook. I remember excusing myself to use the restroom where I broke down. How could this happen? How can anyone do this? These are children!

Thoughts raced through my head constantly. Days then passed. Months ticked away. “Surely,” I thought, “Something will be done.” Sadly, six years later we really haven’t moved the needle — six years of mourning and six years of fighting for sensible gun reform. It is hard today to read the tributes and different memorials of the students and faculty who died that day at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Particularly, the story of Principal Dawn Lafferty, who was gunned down protecting her students, stirs me to this day. Since then, we continue to see our neighborhoods, schools, concerts, nightclubs, places of employment, and houses of worship become targets of gun violence.

The issue of school violence is literally knocking on our door. In 2018 alone, our own Hoosier children have had to experience the horrors of school shootings twice already. For many years, everyday citizens have fought for sensible gun reform in the name of protecting our kids. These measures, such as universal background checks or safe firearms storage, hold high public support and could immediately help prevent more horrible acts from being committed. Still, our representatives refuse to take action, even when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us. Today, I’m asking each of you to remind your legislators, both federal and state, about what happened on 12/14/12. We owe it to those kids to continue fighting and start following through on our promises to protect them.

J.D. Ford