Again, our hearts go out to a community that has experienced a senseless tragedy of killing of the innocent. Many children (20) and adults (six) were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in a town in Connecticut. The shooter also killed his mother and himself. The families of the victims and the survivors will have a long recovery time and their lives will never be the same. We can only imagine what they are going through.
It doesn't matter how many times we see it unfold, it comes to the same conclusion -- innocent lives are lost for no apparent reason. The experts spend hours and hours trying to determine why, but it is all speculation. Most of the time the shooters take their own lives and we can only guess what illness or evil drove them to commit such an unimaginable act.
The community as a whole is suffering as innocent babies are being buried one, two and even more in a day. Like other areas through the years, they have become a victim. We can remember the Westside School shooting a little over a decade ago that took place right in our own back yard. There have been too many in between and we wonder why.
We hear the comments on what should be done, what can be done, and as usual, the gun control issue is debated. I don't have the answer. Yes, we need to be vigilant in all we can do for the safety of our children, but I don't see people giving up their rights to own guns.
I would venture a guess that the bad guys will find guns and the good guys with guns are not a threat. I don't know much about guns but I do think the automatic assault weapons we hear about used in some of these shootings could be done away with.
We often hear the remark, "It is not the guns, but people who do the killing." That is correct, but I think there could be stronger regulations on purchasing guns. Most people will accept inconvenience for safety. I know we have background checks in place and other rules and regulations, but it might not hurt to take a little more time to make sure everything is on the up and up and correct information is provided. I don't think anyone would necessarily have to have a gun within the same day it was applied for.
As I said before, I don't have the answers. I know normalcy will be a long time coming for the residents of Newtown who have suffered so much pain. Let's keep them in our prayers.
Let's all give our children and grandchildren a few more hugs as they go out the door to catch the bus. If we have to register at the front desk of our schools before entering, so be it. I think that is good. I love the way the teachers and staff help get the children in the vehicles safely in the afternoons. There are no guarantees but we should know everything is being done to make sure our children are as safe as possible.
Let's not fool ourselves into thinking it could never happen here. We have seen enough to know it can happen anywhere.