I'm sure the news of the recent tragedy that occurred today has reached every ear across the United States. It's something this country, every community, and certainly every parent deems their worst nightmare come true. Even those who have no children feel the heartbreaking pain that this senseless mess has left for the poor souls who must face this event as their reality. While there are no words that can truly express the pain, sorrow, and sympathy that this shooting has created across our nation... there are many other words and views that are being expressed because of this event. Issues that need to be addressed.
First and foremost, I've heard an outcry of those who believe gun control is the answer. I'm sorry but if we control or strictly regulate the sales of guns- what are you going to do when you're caught in a situation and the very thing that can take your life is the very object that can save it? Or perhaps prevent the life of another. As a society we need to stop blaming our actions on objects and realize that people make choices, not the weapon behind it. Honestly, legal or not, this kid had a disturbed intention and no amount of gun control, no matter how strict, would have changed that. Let's envision a different scenario. Say the shooting at the Omaha Mall that happened. If there had been more people who had actually been able to legally carry a weapon, a hell of a lot more lives could have been saved. It is our legal right to bear arms. Running, hiding, and pretending that "bad stuff" doesn't happen is not a choice I want to make if ever faced with this situation. Now, more than ever, I feel compelled to carry a gun myself because if push comes to shove I will protect my family down to my very last breath rather than stand here cowering in fear waiting for the authorities to arrive. Our police-emergency system has become very admirable in their response time but really how many seconds or minutes does it take to do the unthinkable? Not very much. Guns in the right responsible hands could make all the difference in situations such this. It's time to control the situation...not let the situation control us. Even if the principle for example would have had some kind of defense such as a gun, we could have possibly been looking at a different body count.
Secondly, a heck of a lot more parents are voicing support of "homeschooling" being the future solution. Yeah, isolating your children will keep them safe but what do they really gain besides isolation? Schools are meant for far more than just education. It provides children with the tools to have healthy interactions, extra activities, social skills, teamwork, friends, communication skills and so much more. As parents we all want to keep our kids protected but you can't shut out the world because it may be unsafe.
While it's ridiculous to believe that we even should have to do it, parents need to be discussing with children what to do if this situation "should" ever happen. We don't like to think it "could" happen but we also don't like to think a tornado "could" come through or a fire "could" start. I asked my own kids today what they would do if someone ever came to their school, to their room with a gun. Their response was to scream. They were clueless, and now because of incidents like today's I will help guide them through a plan that they will hopefully remember for the rest of their life. I love to believe that there is so much good in this world and there is but I will not pretend that there isn't any bad. I firmly believe in preparing as best as you can for any situation regardless of its probability.
I don't mean to speak so candidly about the incident that took place today. I was heartbroken when I learned of it this morning and wept when I discovered that almost an entire class was tragically killed. To make matters worse, my daughter is in the same grade that the fire opened at; Kindergarten. When I picked them up today I had a new found appreciation and thanksgiving to have the ability to hold them in my arms. I pray with all my heart that God will comfort these families who have lost their pride and joys. We need to start doing more to protect one another rather than just waiting for the smoke to clear and then voice our opinions.