I don’t want to write about this. I really don’t. But I think this needs to be said.
I worked on Friday. During my lunch break, one of my coworkers mentioned a shooting in Connecticut and that a bunch of kids were dead. After everyone in the lunch room exchanged cries of shock, I put it at the back of my mind, thinking I would watch the coverage when I got home from work and before I left for school to work on some projects that night. By the time I was leaving for the day, I had really forgotten about what happened. When I got home, my heart sank. The death toll had risen significantly. 20 kids dead. 6 adults dead. I felt sick. The photos of the grief and the devastation still haunt me, even days later. It still doesn’t seem real to me that this happened. Maybe it’s because I didn’t watch it as it happened. Maybe it’s because it seems like something out of a horror movie. I will not use the name of the shooter in this posting. Nobody needs to name him. The less we hear his name the better off we will be.
A lot of people have been trying to put the blame on this issue and spreading around political rhetoric. Arguing about gun control hours after it happened does us no favors. I will not be one of these people. I will not say what I think should be done about gun control. Not now. Not yet, it’s still too soon. Out of respect for the survivors and the lost souls that day, I will not say what I think should be done. These people who are saying their rhetoric need to just stop. Because the fact is nobody knows what would have happened. What happened on Friday in Connecticut was one of the worst days in America’s history. How messed up is it that we can’t even send kids to school anymore? This has been the worst year in recent memory when it comes to mass shootings. The movie theater in Colorado, the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the elementary school in Connecticut. It’s just too much to handle. Is there nowhere that’s safe anymore?
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Newtown, Connecticut. When something like this happens, we all need to take a step back and realize that this could have happened anywhere. This could have happened to any school, in any country. We need the country to heal as a whole. The world say evil in Connecticut that day. The debate over guns and mental health can wait. Let’s grieve with the families first. Or better yet, let’s leave the town to mourn peacefully and let them know, they have our support. Let’s not talk about gun control, where was God when this was happening, or mental health. Now’s not the time. We shouldn’t put Newtown through that. Let’s come together to grieve and to mourn. Just a thought.