As you all are aware by now, there was a tragic shooting that took place in Connecticut, last Friday, December 14th. The tragedy took the lives of 26 victims (not including the shooter), 20 of which were kindergarten students. The shooter had enough ammunition and weaponry to take out everyone in the school if it were to have gone on.
Students, parents, friends and families are still suffering and will continue suffering due to these events. Right now, we need to dedicate our thoughts, prayers, and actions to the families and friends of the victims of the shooting. Some students in the classroom were able to survive this cowardly attack. Parents of some of these children have stated that they have not been able to address their children yet about who of their classmates had been killed. The subject is so fragile and delicate, and what these children have gone through is so difficult, that now having to explain that their best friends were killed is nearly impossible for these parents to do. It all is just beyond belief sickening and simply cannot go on.
In case you weren’t watching, last night, on most major television networks, President Obama addressed the nation, and specifically the victims and the victims’ families. In this address, the president pointed out that our prayers must go to these people and that changes need to be made. The speech was rather emotional. As a closing, the President listed each of the 20 students names, very slowly. He read the list to inform the nation to remember these helpless children. It was obvious that Obama was emotional when reading the names and it most likely made everyone watching feel similar emotions. Here is the President’s speech from last night:
I don’t usually get political because it always leads to arguments, but a situation like this calls for it. The President addressed last night that changes were going to be made. He mad no specific indications on what new laws could possibly entitle, but he emphasized that gun restrictions and mental health supervision were at the top of the list. I am fully on board. I will leave the psychological analyzing to the professionals, but in regards to the gun laws, things need to change. Pardon me if I sound offensive right now, but we are beginning to look like a country that does not have their shit together. Remember watching the news and seeing car bombings, train bombings, and many other terrorist attacks that seemed to consistently take place in countries that we are in battle with? Remember being thankful that our country does not have to deal with shit like that? Well now look at us. Granted, it sucks that a few individuals have tainted the well-being of our nation and its people, but the fact is, that they have; and as the President addressed last night, if their are changes that can be made to limit the possibilities of these events taking place in the future, then we must make them!
I don’t know the written laws that restrict, or seem to not restrict, gun ownership, but they do not seem strong. There is a clip from a Family Guy episode that shows one of its characters, Brian, walking into a corner store and simply purchasing a gun over the counter like you would with buying a smoothie. To me, it seems that easy for anyone in our country to obtain a fire arm, and that simply can’t happen!
I have been educated by the words of others, that there are nations that simply do not allow gun possession. Even the police officers in these nations or areas, do not carry guns. My research and understanding of the subject is slim, but I recall being informed that the crime rate is significantly lower than that of our country’s.
It makes me uncomfortable to think that people feel the need to protect themselves with a gun. What’s wrong with keeping a baseball bat by your bed side? I have heard some horrendous stories about gun accidents and other tragedies that would simply not have happened if guns were not at their access. You don’t need a gun, you don’t need to hunt, you don’t need to feel protected by being able to kill someone.
I understand that there will absolutely be people who agree and disagree with the opinions and beliefs that I have stated. As I said, I do not like to engage in political debates because of the arguments that can lead from them, but it seemed appropriate. It sounds like our nation will attempt to take the appropriate steps at keeping us all a little bit safer.
Keep your thoughts and prayers with the families associated with the tragic events that took place last Friday.