I just finished watching the Newtown service and my heart hurts. It hasn't stopped hurting since seeing the news on Friday via Twitter that there had been a shooting at an elementary school in CT. I cried out when reading the first tweet. A co-worker asked what was wrong and I shared the news. My co-worker’s response was “this will be another way for people to take away my 2nd Amendment rights”. I was stunned because all I was thinking about was I pray no children were killed.
Sadly that wasn't the case. 20 children died. 6 educators died protecting their students. Family’s lives have been torn apart including the person’s family who performed this violent act. A town has been changed. I hope a nation has been changed.
I agree with President Obama that this is a complex issue. The last few days the few times I have opened the stream of tweets and Facebook posts I have been dismayed. I have seen posts that say that these shootings would stop if we put God back in our schools. My understanding is that if you believe in a God that one’s faith was a 24/7 365 deal. Believing in God doesn't stop when you walk into a school anymore than when you walk into a bank, prayer or no prayer.
I have seen tweets that were very unkind to agnostics and atheists. I didn't realize people that choose not to believe in a God were automatically evil. I don’t believe in a specific religion or God. I do believe in the spirit of humanity. I very much believe in kindness. Kindness to our families and friends. Kindness to our neighbors & citizens. Kindness to the person who just cut you off to exit off the freeway. Kindness to those that may speak less than respectfully to you. Kindness to all parents because truly that is the most challenging job any person can have. Kindness to those that fight a disease called mental illness. Education and understanding goes a long way in support of kindness.
I have seen tweeters arguing about where the security is in our schools and why isn't more being done. In every school that I have participated in the building of…electronics were used at every exterior door to control people entering the schools. From the news reports that was the case at Sandy Hook also.
And finally the tweets going round on Gun Control has been especially emotional. I don’t like guns, never have. When I was married to a man that hunted and had guns in the house I learned how to use them because that was the responsible thing to do. I don’t believe all guns should be outlawed but I really can’t fathom why we need rapid fire guns in our homes. Referring back to my co-worker’s comment about the 2nd Amendment, it was written at a time when most men belonged to a militia and lawlessness was the norm. Is that where we are today?
I don’t know what the answers are but unless we are willing to have respectful dialog there will be no answers just more heart break.