Great leaders have wise words about violence

On Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., 20 children and six teachers we
Athena Rodrigues
Athena Rodrigues

On Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., 20 children and six teachers were killed in a mass shooting by a violent gunman.

I felt very sad because the children were very little and did not deserve to die. The teachers were heroes as they rushed to protect the kids in their care. I could not imagine how their parents felt after hearing this terrible news.

At school, we prayed for the people who died and for their families. I prayed that there would be no more shootings like what happened at Sandy Hook and the other acts of violence at Aurora, Colo., as well as Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson and in Oak Creek, Wis.

In the United States, over 30,000 people die by gun violence every year. For such a great country, this is outrageous and shameful. President Obama said Dec. 14, 2012, was the worst day in his presidency.

Every life is a beautiful gift from God, and nobody should be able to take it away, especially not through violence from occurring so frequently and with so much loss of lives, hopes and dreams.

The solution to gun violence is not having more guns. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”

Revenge by using force is not the answer. As the apostle of peace, Mahatma Gandhi, once said, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” This country certainly does not want to do this situation.

As Mother Teresa once said, “Peace begins with a smile, and not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”

If we follow these great leaders and abandon violence in our hearts and minds, we will be a much happier and a much better country, where we will be highly respected and truly great.

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