For the most part I try to keep my blog posts light. This is not one of those.
My heart breaks for the families of the 20 young children and the 6 selfless educators who lost their lives on Friday to a senseless act of violence. I cannot fathom the depth of their grief.
I weep for the children and adults who survived, and for their families. I believe the psychological fallout from this tragedy will be greater than any of us can imagine, or will ever know.
I feel terrible for the family of the shooter.
There is still so much we don't know.
But here's what I do know:
The ONLY time it is appropriate to keep flashing a mass murderer's picture on the television screen is if that person is still at large. Do not give these killers any more publicity. Just stop it.
This country needs to have serious, meaningful discussions about BOTH gun control AND mental healthcare. And then the discussions need to lead to some very real change. And it needs to happen now. Politicians need to grow a pair and forget about party politics, LISTEN to each other and DO SOMETHING, really truly accomplish something of relevance.
I have friends who also have blogs, and I purposely did not read their posts the last few days until I could get my own thoughts written down. But now that I've done that, I've read some of their words as well, and if you're so inclined, I encourage you to take a look.
Candy, who tells us that Love IS Louder. http://birduncaged.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/day-45-december-15-love-is-louder/
Stephanie, who wishes for Peace all around: http://www.lifeaccordingtosteph.com/2012/12/the-weekend-that-was_17.html
And in the meantime,
Rest in Peace
May we remember YOUR names and faces.