One of the parents, David Wheeler, who spent over 20 years in film and television acting while living in New York City, lost his son, Benjamin in the shootings. When he appeared on “60 Minutes” with the other parents, he spoke as eloquently as if he were a great leader with a staff of brilliant writers.
He asked American parents to, “…literally find a mirror in your house and look in it and look in your eyes and say, 'This will never happen to me. This will never happen in my school. This will never happen in my community,' and see if you actually believe that. And if there is a shadow, the slightest shadow of doubt about what you said, think about what you can do to change that -- in your house, in your community, in your school, in your country -- because we have an obligation to our children to do this for them. It's going to happen again... And every time it's somebody else's school, it's somebody else's town, it's somebody else's community, until one day you wake up and it's not."
President Obama then asked David's wife, Francine, who’s a music teacher and performer, to take the president’s place for the weekly radio address to the nation. And what were the results?
When events like the Boston bombing happen, it’s because evil people are willing to do something horrific to draw attention to their message. But don’t let them succeed. Don’t lose focus on the positive messages that exist, and what we can do to fight back.