I really wasn't. This whole thing is just heartbreaking...absolutely crushing.
20 innocent, sweet babies.
I made the mistake of re-posting "Morgan Freeman's" statement about the tragedy in Connecticut, only to find out later that it was not, afterall, Morgan Freeman who wrote the piece. Regardless, the words in that statement were poignant, well said, and spot on.
First, let's stop "celebritizing" these awful people. Stop plastering their names and faces all over every media outlet. It's exactly what they want, and we are feeding right into it. Giving them exactly what they wanted, when they made the God awful decision to shoot innocent people in malls, movie theaters, and, most horrifically, kindergarten classrooms.
They want to be known, even if it means being known as a monster.
Second, I truly don't feel that strict gun control laws are going to help because guess what? Criminals don't obey the laws. If they want to do something, they will, EVEN IF IT IS ILLEGAL. Like obtaining a gun to kill people.
Case in point: Prescription pain meds? Regulated. Law abiding citizens who need them for their back surgery, neck injury, broken leg, abscessed tooth, etc. obtain them legally, through their doctor. Criminals? They get them too...ILLEGALLY, on the street or stolen from a neighbor/friend/relative.
And folks, it isn't difficult for them. I see it almost every time I'm at work. Felons don't follow the laws...it's what makes them CRIMINALS. They don't use regulated items in the way they are intended. They shoot up prescription pain meds and they'll use guns to shoot up people.
I also just read the article from the mom who is parenting a son with a mental illness and I think her view is right on...let's focus on helping the mentally ill. This speaks volumes to me, as my daughter has a child in her classroom that falls on the autism spectrum and threatens suicide, allegedly brought a knife to school (that only a fellow student saw and didn't report), and is frequently verbally aggressive with students. This student needs to be focused on. She needs to not be brushed off and passed along...she needs help before it turns into something more.
And that thought strikes cold fear in my heart.
So friends, let's forget the names of these tortured souls who choose to kill in cold blood, wipe them right away from your mind and instead, remember and pray for the victims of these awful events. Perhaps if we take the spotlight away from evil, it will instead shine upon the innocent victims, who so often are hidden in the shadows of that spotlight on evil.
My prayers are with the families of those from Sandy Hook Elementary. May God grant them the peace and strength to make it through the most horrendous nightmare any of us can even imagine.