There is no daily tip today, only words of sympathy and grief for those affected by the terrible tragedy in Newton, Connecticut this morning.  The victims of this horrific crime are in my thoughts and my prayers, and I hope my readers will take a moment of silence to do the same.

I am not going to recount the news of this story, if you don’t know what happened by now, you must have been out in the woods all day.  But I do want to say something about it.  There is no excuse for the selfish act that this man committed today, taking away the lives of twenty innocent children and six adults.  At least he had the decency to kill himself in the end.

I know I write a lot about guns, but this isn’t about guns or gun control, this is about a problem with our society, and I certainly don’t have the answers to that.  It’s about an utter lack of respect for the lives of our fellow human beings around us, and I am guessing that those of you who read my articles feel the same way.

As outdoors people, we have an inner strength, a belief for what is right, and a deep respect for life, something that non-hunters don’t always understand.  But today, we are not hunters and non-hunters, we are a mass of stunned citizens wondering why something so tragic happened, and praying for those who were taken, and for those who lost them.