Having heard the horrific news from Connecticut last Friday, emotions were evoked in all of us — emotions that ranged from horror to anger to sympathy and compassion.

While it is impossible to feel the heartbreak that the parents and families of the victims must be feeling, for many of us who are parents or grandparents, we can approach those feelings by thinking about our precious children and grandchildren, and how devastated we would be to have them taken away from us in such a sudden, tragic way.

Many are now asking, “What can be done to prevent this from happening again?”

There is not one simple answer. There are a multitude of possible causes and contributing factors, and that makes us feel frustrated and powerless.

But we must remember that although we may never be able to stop all of the insanity that can occur in an imperfect world, that should not preclude us from doing things that can prevent some of them.

That begins with having a reasonable discussion on limiting the availability of the type of weapon that was used to murder these precious little ones.

Having grown up in a rural environment where hunting was a way of life and having done my share, I understand those who enjoy that sport.

But I simply cannot relate to anyone’s need to have an assault rifle in their possession with the exception of law enforcement and military personnel.

I am not alone in that opinion, and I would challenge all who feel this way to make their feelings known to our legislators now.

I know that some will say that “guns don’t kill people,” but I would ask them to honor the memory of those little children who no longer will be able to laugh and play with their playmates and siblings by reconsidering whether the principle of the “right” to have such lethal weapons is worth any one of their precious lives.

Doug Olson