I can’t quite bring myself to do the usual boppy little mix of of links this morning, because—like lots of you, surely—I’m still suffering from a big ugly sadness hangover after Friday’s atrocious events in Connecticut. Instead, I bring you this footage of Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Kaitlin Roig, who barricaded herself and her students in a tiny bathroom and saved all of their lives—displaying a presence of mind, bravery, and composure during those hideous moments that speaks to the best of what we’re capable of as humans. Every time one of these tragedies occurs, my heartbreak is outmeasured only by my fury. It’s time for our lawmakers to wrap their heads around the idea that they can’t continue to cut mental health services while simultaneously neglecting to enact stricter gun control legislation without expecting nightmares like this to just keep on happening.
- I liked what John Cassidy had to say about Michael Bloomberg—a mayor who is sometimes hard to love, but has been consistently zealous in his support of gun control, and now looks as though he was only gathering steam. (The New Yorker)
- “Just Illegalize us already,” Nation’s Assault Weapons Beg, and other moments of levity, brought to us in the past few days via the Onion. (The Onion)
- Professional basketball player Kevin Durant went on court with a small but touching ad-hoc memorial to Newtown’s victims Friday night. (Deadspin)
- Finally: The folks over at Saturday Night Live decided to open not with the usual comedy bit, but with the New York City Children’s Chorus singing Silent Night. Try to watch without crying just a little. (Hulu)