The Connecticut school shooting, while horribly tragic, leaves me pondering more than just the sadness of the families who were affected. It makes me think about society as a whole including the man who did the shooting and his family, social media’s role and what we are left with after something like this happens.
What has transpired to lead children once raised or almost raised to turn around and kill their parents and then themselves?
We point fingers at anybody and anything to try to make sense of this tragedy and the most popular is Gun Control. I did a research paper and presentation on Gun Control in college and what I took away from what I found was education. When the second amendment was put in place, everyone had a gun. It was commonplace to teach your children at a young age how to use one and the responsibility of protecting yourself and your family. Times have changed and guns have become cool and popularized by media and although guns are still readily accessible to almost anybody, we’ve taken away the responsibility for their use. They are toys now or at the very least a fun hobby. So, no, I don’t agree that a ban is the appropriate response to this tragedy. I personally think a ban on assault weapons will work about as well as Prohibition did on drinking.
As my heart was heavy Saturday morning and my systematic brain was trying to come up with a solution to something that really cannot be helped in anyway by the government, I decided to leave the kids with Jason and take a much-needed break from home life and get some alone time to try and process. I went to my local yarn shop to get a skein for a planned gift for a friend. There was no talk of the murders between patrons and workers and the owner (who is always very helpful) commented on my cowl. We talked knitting and patterns and reveled in the beauty of a particular yarn. It was very refreshing.
I realized afterwards that all we can really do is continue living; hold our loved ones close, create, share, throw out positivity and try to make a difference if we get the opportunity.
Unfortunately, these tragedies will continue to happen. We’d love to prevent them and the heartache, but there are things out of our control and other people and their actions are one of those things. I read an article posted about our response to these events and one of the suggestions was to realize that society has not changed overnight. Don’t panic and induce fear in and around you. I can see that truth, but I can’t help but think about society as a whole, which starts the ponderings all over again…
I’ve done a monthly update for almost a year now and I’ve decided to begin using this space again as a family blog. Especially since we will have a new little one in June of next year and because I thoroughly enjoy writing and sharing with you all. This break has done me wonders and I feel like I can begin writing here with a clear head. I will continue to write over at mamabluebird, but that blog is focused on creativity. I hope everyone has a great Christmas! I hope to be here with one last monthly update before the new year. We will be in Florida the first week in January, so let us know if you’d like to get together!