On a day like today, a day when many families are grieving the untimely death of their precious loved ones, it doesn’t feel appropriate to be light-hearted and witty.
In the face of the tragedy that happened today in Connecticut, let us not be grumblers, but be thankful for our well-being. Let us also be reminded not to be petty and unforgiving, but to hold our loved ones close, reminding them what they mean to us.
And let us not put off our consideration of eternity. We never know which day is the last.
When this happens in an Israeli or Arabic pre-school, we pay little attention. But, why should this happen here? Do we have too much personal freedom with guns? What is the view of the more conservative readers of the blog. I’m a liberal ‘child of the sixties’ and have always believed in ‘gun control’
laws, But, I’m open to listening if any of you have a better idea for diminishing ‘Batman’ shoot ups, pre-school atrocities, college killings and the like. It is so disheartening when it reaches even our innocent babies. Please don’t blame me for being political today. I’m really ready for any solution to the violence we’ve been experiencing.
I don’t know. As a teacher, this hits me on many levels – other than my conservative side. My basic belief is that guns are a tool, but it is the person who murders. It has always upset me to see the ads claiming “guns murdered” as I saw a friend post today because guns can’t murder; people do, and to that extent I think gun control is another way our society destroys personal responsibility – blaming the gun, not the person. My personal belief is that someone who intends to kill as what seems to be the case today would do so regardless of what tool (gun, knife, bat, etc.) was in question to use. The damage may not be as extensive, but the result would be the same. Just my opinion.
Thanks for sharing, Dannielle. Xoxo.
Before I even knew that there were two sides to this debate, I always understood and believed guns to be for protection, not harm. In fact, when Brian and I first seriously started talking about having a family, I brought up the idea of owning a gun because I instantly had an instinct to protect my children before they were even born and, let’s face it, I’m not the biggest or the strongest person to ward anyone off all by myself. Twenty-two children were wounded in China at the hands of a knife-wielding attacker yesterday. I think the violent and mentally ill will find a way to do harm if they have a will to do so (consider violence in prisons, for instance!). But I believe they’ll be less bold when they’re considering attacking ARMED men and women.
Murderers don’t abide by the law. So making it illegal to own and carry a gun certainly isn’t going to give them any pause. I feel like that just disarms the law-abiding citizens in the country.
Straight from my gut.
PS – Your opinion is always welcome, even if we disagree!
I’m not sure what the solution is either, but I agree with Dannielle. Another thing to consider when talking about gun control is a comparison with illegal drugs. Cocaine is illegal, yet criminals get it and use it all the time. I have to believe guns would be the same way. Criminals will still get them and use them in destructive ways.
I am thankful that you are thoughtful Suzy! What a tragedy.
A very sad day indeed.