Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When Tragedy Strikes

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 When I sat down to write this blog I thought about what to title it. In the end, I came up with what you see. Mostly because there is no easy way to talk about tragedy nor get around it. I suppose when any one of us is confronted with this type of devastation a loss of words is not the only thing we're gripped with. Sometimes a loss of rationale trails right behind. At what age does anyone prepare for tragedy? Is there any? And when do any of us have the words to describe how we feel about it when it happens?

Last week when parents got up to take their children to school and teachers, personnel and the like all got ready to go to work, no one was thinking about a random shooter barging into a quiet little school district in Connecticut and fatally shooting 26 victims, of which 20 were children as young as 6 years old. It never adds up in any sensible way what makes someone want to hurt or kill children and innocent people. The strangest, hardest thing for me to accept is why anyone who commits suicide does so after committing homicide first. I don't condone either but it's so unbelievable why the harm is stretched out to include people who have nothing to do with your pain. I don't know if I will ever understand or accept it. Or if I want to.

More than just my heart goes out to the parents, loved ones and friends of the 26 victims from last Friday's shooting. I want so badly to just wake up and see that the President has decided that our nation will not tolerate this anymore. That he has decided to take a stand, 1 stand on mental health law, gun regulations or something. Just anything more than what hasn't been done. We need to know that he and Congress are really doing something more than keeping secrets about their ties to the NRA which has been contributing to our country's demise. Without that POTUS you're showing us how your inability to take a stand about one of these issues continues to add to the assisted homicides of our kids. We can't keep having these conversations with our young people if we as grown ups don't take a stand to do something about it!


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At December 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard the whole guns don't kill people, people kill people spiel numerous times in defense of the right to bear arms, but the fact that people who kill people have no trouble accessing these weapons of mass destruction is really the point. So I agree, this nation needs to do better in face of gun control. POTUS needs to do right by us, he needs stand up to the NRA, and it needs to stick.


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