My heart goes out to all of those families.
Such sad news from Connecticut
This isn't just sad news, it is more sad news (after Arizona, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oregon and now Connecticut), but this time horrifyingly sad and disturbing to the bones.
It's wrong to not talk about this and not communicate it to children who are old enough to hear it from peers or elsewhere. Children who don't learn about this from their parents will not know how to cope with it once they hear it from other sources, because they won't really have a model for how to respond and process. And really, the question is about guns just as much as it is about mental instability.
If mothers aren't thinking about this, processing it and making their voices heard, there won't be any more safety than there is now, and obviously that is not good enough.
The isolating, screen-obsessed time in which many young people spend their entry into adulthood is simply appalling. Add to that the presence of any mental instability and the easy access to guns and you have this scary scenario. It is horrifying that there are so many guns floating out there and no regulation.
Tonight on TV, I listened to a man being interviewed (Larry Pratt) who declared that teachers should be armed so this doesn't happen. He is the Exec Director of Gun Owners of America. And then I learnt that this man is extraordinarily powerful, having politicians on his side.
In my view this man was completely out of line and simply insane. To have a teacher carrying a rifle in every room in every school is simply horrible. Yet that is what he wants. It doesn't make the least bit of sense.
Take heart that the majority of teachers do not want to be armed; I live in an ultra conservative state with high gun ownership and 99% of the teachers I work with do not want to be armed at school. We have an armed police officer on campus and many security procedures in place, and I am happy that we do. I do not want to be responsible for a gun; what if a student steals it? (I teach in a high school).