Like so many Americans, I watched Wednesday’s uprising in a state of surprise and disappointment. I am sure I was not the only one to fear for the vitality and resilience of the republic. But also being a citizen of the town of Newtown, Connecticut, where I lived on December 14, 2012, when a gunman broke through the locked doors of Sandy Hook School and killed 20 first graders and six of their children. educators, I probably had thoughts too.
Many were practical, logistical – about who housed where and how they closed the building (answer: there was no real ‘them’ and lawmakers were rushed to locker rooms or trapped in balconies).
And when I heard that the members of Congress were sheltering in place, many together, determined to return to the House that evening to complete their work, I wondered if their time together would change them as my own experience. changed me.
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