I haven’t written anything in a while for a few reasons. For starters, I have been crazy busy at my new job along with family life and really what has been a lack of topics inspiring me lately. As a writer (or at least a wanna be writer), I feel the need to comment on the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Connecticut.
It wasn’t until I was on my way home from work and heading to pick up our two daughters that I heard about what happened. I was sad and worried for the families, but worse I was not surprised. Obviously this is not the first time that events like this have occurred. As a country when events like this happen we are sad for a while, maybe even make a donation to help and in a little while we move on with our lives while the families and town involved live with the grief daily.
My two girls fall roughly in the same age range of the victims at the school. Before I arrived home there was already an email from the principle of our school and the district’s superintendent. It said “Please be assured that district-wide and school-by-school our campuses remain secure…”. I’m sure the school in Connecticut thought the same thing. I’m not saying that our schools are not safe or that it is a daily worry for me, I just don’t understand how they could make a statement that says our campuses remain secure. To quote my father-in-law, “Where’s the watch tower?”. It is sad, but no one can assure or guarantee my kids safety – not even me.
In my own life, I have been affected by gun violence. Just over 11 years ago my best friend was shot and killed while working a patrol shift for the San Jose Police Department. It was a traffic stop and it changed my life forever, not to mention his family who lives daily with the grief. For some it is impossible to recover fully from this type of act – it changes the way you live, that is for sure. Violent acts like this occur all the time yet nothing really happens to change it.
Some argue that gun control is the right answer. Surprisingly, I am not actually for that. If someone who has bad intentions wants a gun, they will find a way to get it. I am for education on gun use, especially if you are going to have a gun in the house with children. Others say that all the violence in movies and video games are causing these types of events to happen. I will say, my wife and I were talking about this just two days ago following a recent viewing of Scream. That is not a particularly old movie (based in the mid-90’s), but most of the violence was implied violence rather than real-looking violence. That has definitely changed with all the computer enhancements. The American public loves their graphic and violent movies.
I don’t know what the answer is to stop these violent acts against kids (and adults), but I sure hope as a society we figure this out soon. Too many people are suffering for no reason. Unfortunately, when the killer takes his / her own life, as in this case, we will never know the motive behind the murders. I think sometimes that almost makes it worse since we all are looking for an answer as to why this would happen.
The state our country is in right now is really quite sad. Politics, Religion, or any other group are not to blame – at least not in my book. Each one has its flaws and the biggest drawback is pointing fingers. Nearly all groups will do it and it gets us nowhere. We, the People of the United States of America, are to blame. We have let this country slip into a terrible place and we are the only ones that can save us. Stop looking around and blaming other people and start acting like a community that cares about our future. Let’s fix this people. Our future generations should not have to live in fear.
-Saddened in Sonoma