I woke up this morning and I was actually kinda feeling, depressed. My girlfriend was heading out the door for a quick trip to visit a friend who’s birthday is this weekend, which meant a few days alone at Christmas time…. That’s not something I “really” wanted so naturally I was a bit saddened by it. I went about my day as usual, but feeling far to much “self pity” combine being alone with all the end of the year “stuff” that takes place and suffice to say I have just been in a negative “why me” mood for the past few weeks. I sat down here at my computer hoping to just dive into my work, which is normally where I find peace, only to see the most shocking thing I think I have ever seen.
This image letting the world know YET ANOTHER massacre has taken place in our country. I really couldn’t believe my eyes when I read that 26 people were confirmed dead 20 of which were children. Is this what our country has really come to? Are we really going to stand for this kind of stuff. These are the things going through my mind right now. Newtown, Connecticut is just one of many small towns that have been devastated this year by such senseless acts this year, however, this one stung even more when I realized it took place at an elementary school. How does a person walk into a school full of children who absolutely CAN’T defend themselves and just open fire?
You know who we lost today?
Children who could have grown up to be our doctors, lawyers, business owners…… Bright kids who would have helped shape what our world is going to be years from now, and instead they will forever be remembered as helpless, innocent kids who were taken from us in an act of violence that clearly shows what our country has become. We are no longer a safe place where people can relax knowing there is a sense of ‘order’ here where we live. For years I have been scared to travel abroad for what I feel like are very good reasons. You turn on the TV and they are rioting in France. Flip the channel and car bombs are exploding in churches and public places in the Middle East. It always seemed these other countries lacked the ‘order’ and control to ensure ones safety when there, so I just avoid them and stay here in the United States.
Now I am just not so sure we aren’t right on par with every other country that has these kind of issues. If you think about it this year it’s no longer safe to walk through a mall in Portland, Oregon and you can’t go to a move in Colorado without remembering this idiot who thought it would be fun to shoot up a movie theater. Now we can’t even send our children to school without constant (and justified) worry that we may not see them again.
It’s just sickening. It’s time for Washington, DC to HELP US OUT….. How about we not forget these kids in Newton? How about we don’t just sit here and mourn their loss and forget it the next time Lindsay Lohan does something stupid so the news immediately gets off this to cover her stupid story. Let’s not forget these kids while we are all opening gifts with our families on Christmas day….. Let’s remember these kids didn’t get a Christmas and it’s our responsibility as a nation to do more to prevent these kinds of things.
So what do we do? It’s apparent all of these idiotic killers aren’t worried about Prison or the death penalty. They are such cowards they all end up killing themselves before police even arrive, so what can we do? My answer is we need to be more prepared and we need more budget for safety right here in America. Forget pumping BILLIONS of dollars into helping ‘other countries have democracy’ HELLO WASHINGTON we don’t really have it here either. Why don’t we spend that money on armed guards to protect our malls (not mall cops with no weapons), how about armed guards in EVERY SCHOOL in America. How many more children have to die before we get it right? If there was an armed guard at this school today at least maybe SOME of these kids would have lived. There’s no time to wait for cops to arrive…… these idiots are shooting up our schools with semi-automatic pistols and AR-15’s.
The facts are the facts and there’s no way to look at it and see any other picture. When we send our troops to war WE ARM THEM…..why? We know there’s a good chance they will need to protect themselves from the enemy. Well it’s about time we wake up and realize everyday when our kids go to school, our families shop at a local mall, or we take our loved ones to see at movie WE ARE AT WAR….. War with the evil people that plan to do harm, murder and ruin the lives of innocent people. It’s time to realize that THIS IS THE NEW REALITY. These are not one off events taking place. They are happening more and more frequently, but we are not changing our rules, guidelines and procedures to adjust to this new norm.
Gun control isn’t the answer. These crazy people are going to get guns if they want them. I see it just like I see drugs, which are illegal, and are used by thousands of people every single day. Can you buy crack over the counter at Walgreen’s? Nope, but that doesn’t stop people from getting their hands on it. The facts are evil people who set out to do these terrible acts are going to get the guns they want one way or another, so we have to be prepared. We can afford all these things in this country, but we can’t afford an armed guard at our schools? I simply don’t believe that.
Washington needs to WAKE UP. Quit talking about these stupid things that really don’t matter and focus on what is happening in America right now! People are dieing everyday in a country they ‘feel’ like they should be safe in, but that feeling is a false sense of security and safety. We’ve gotta quit arguing about taxes, the fiscal cliff and all of these things that in the end really don’t matter. These children in Newtown, Connecticut mean more than all this stupid bantering back and forth for power and control. Why not use this and all the other tragedies that have happened this year as a way to come together. Find common ground and DO SOMETHING to help prevent this stuff in 2013.
My heart is hurting. My mind is clogged just thinking about what these children went through today. The ones that lived will NEVER be the same again… the ones that died will forever be linked to one of the worst massacres in our countries history. Families will forever be changed and sadness will always fall upon their hearts. Today is a sad day America not only for these families, not only for the city of Newton, but also for all of us together as a nation. We should do our part to honor these kids who lost their lives today and STAND UP and DEMAND that we get it right and help prevent this from happening to other families in our country next year.
Here’s an idea. We want to raise taxes right? Everyone says it’s “for the future of our country”. Tell you what Mr. Obama I will gladly pay you an extra 5% next year like you’ve proposed….. here’s the catch though. I don’t want my money spent on ANYTHING accept security at our schools for children. How about we do that instead of waste it on all these things we spend our money on that means absolutely nothing to any of us.
After all, what’s more important than the safety and lives of the very children that will one day run our country?
To all the families in Newtown, Connecticut rest assured that the prayers of many people in this great country are with you today. Although you’ve been through such a terrible event let’s all hope that this is the time our country wakes up and realizes we must make a change. You are all certainly in my thoughts and prayers.