Monday, December 17, 2012

In the Light of Tragedy

In the aftermath of the terrible, heart-crushing tragedy that took place on Friday, it seems utterly frivolous to return to my regular blogging without at least some remembrance or something to honor those who lost their lives to unprovoked violence.  My heart wrenches whenever I think about those affected by the tragedy, especially the families of those who sacrificed so much.  As stories of untold bravery pour in, such as the teacher who ushered her first graders into their classroom bathroom, and kept them quiet until the gunfire stopped, or the brave teacher who hid her children in closets and cupboards then lied to the gunman to save them, giving up her own life in the process, I am overwhelmed by feelings of great grief and haunting images. This sort of thing should never happen, let alone have happened four times in the last two years.  That's not even counting the minor (if you can call them that) incidents where only a few people were killed by someone going apeshit with a firearm.  I don't know what needs to happen in our country to stop these, but something needs to be done.  Whether it's harsher gun control or more focus on mental health issues, or both (which I think is what needs to happen), something needs to be done to stop these terrible, horrible occurances that seem to be becoming more and more mainstream day by day.  My heart goes out to those who are suffering the affects of the Connecticut shooting, as well as all of those who have been affected by the smaller shootings that seem to occur on an almost daily basis.  May God bless us all and keep us all safe, and help guide us in the direction that will lead to an end to such senseless heartbreak.

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