I sat down at my computer and started writing a blog post a couple of times this weekend but it was hard for me to find words because all I’ve been thinking about and reading about lately is the tragedy that happened on Friday in Newtown. Like Nilsa, I am so incredibly angry that this happened. Rather than try to articulate my anger over how this can be continuing to happen – closer and closer together and more casualties each time it seems – I will link to a few articles that I think bring up important points.
This is an editorial written by a Canadian for the CBC and this quote alone pretty much sums it up for me: “If I understand properly, you live in an urban area, and carry around a .40-calibre pistol with up to 17 bullets in the magazine, capable of firing up to five a second, just like one of the pistols the Connecticut shooter toted. In other words, you pack the means to kill more than a dozen people in moments if you choose, and we just have to trust you to be sensible and hold your temper.”
A mother shares her thoughts on being the parent of a mentally ill child: “I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.”
Probably my favourite post on the topic so far. Kristen makes some very realistic and logical suggestions for how gun control can be addressed keeping mental health issues in mind: “This isn’t a partisan or a political issue, though some will pretend it is. This isn’t a 2nd amendment issue, though some will cry that it is. I think the ideas I’ve outlined above are things that can keep both gun enthusiasts and gun control ideologists happy. But we’ve got to do something. The events of last week illustrate that we can’t keep making excuses.”
I don’t get political on my blog very often, and I kept my mouth shut through most of the American election though I definitely had some pretty strong opinions, but I feel so angered and saddened by this recent tragedy that I can’t not bring it up on the blog. I don’t know that it can get much worse than this, but I also don’t want to find out. I truly hope that these issues are addressed immediately.
I will be back with last weeks training recap tomorrow and normal posting will resume after that!