First of all, there's the vulnerability. It's very unlikely anyone I know is going to murder me. It's equally unlikely I'll end up killed as a result of gang violence.
But I go to the movies. I go to the mall. And millions of Americans send their children to school.
Secondly, anytime a child (and in America, particulary a white middle class child) is murdered, the response is that much stronger. Look at the fascination with Jon-Benet Ramsey's murder, or Caylee Anthony's.
You combine the two, as happened in Newtown, and the response is going to be that much more intense.
But that doesn't make the response irrational. There's nothing irrational about grieving over the death of children.
As hard as it must have been, that mother who hospitalized her son did the right thing.
I hope that her son. and others with similar problems. get the treatment they need.
Given the state of attitudes about those with mental health issues in the US, that seems as difficult and unlikely as dealing with gun control.
I read the police are going through the shooter's computer files and maybe the answer is there. Something about the school obviously set him off.
Though I must say, the fact that it happened in an elementary school is shocking. One usually thinks of mass shootings happening in high schools.
I don't want to think too much about what may have been in the shooter's mind. Its just too chilling.
Geese fight back.
The more details come out about the shooting, how the children, teachers and staff tried to protect each other is true heroism.
All of these families will continue to be in my prayers.
Also, I'll be praying and sending positive, beautiful thoughts to all the teachers and educators of FSU. This is going to be a very very hard week for you, but be strong. Know that I and many others are with you in spirit.
"You're in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.
- Dr. Seuss"
And this http://anarchistsoccermom.blogspot.c...kable.html?m=1 is the original source, the authors blog page
AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan
Stories like that make me terrified to be a parent, because there is nothing you can do to raise that child to be different from what they are.
The shooter's mother was stupid to take him target shooting and allowing him access to her guns, but she otherwise sounds like a loving and supportive mother.
This maybe wrong - I heard he went to the school as a younger boy...before home schooling.
All 31 pro-gun rights senators were invited to appear on Meet The Press today. None accepted.
If you want to feel really sick, read the entire article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/1...n_2311559.html
The fact that he picked his old elementary school instead of, say, his old high school suggests he wanted his victims to be young children. The motive may simply be that he wanted to be remembered as THE worst mass killer ever.
Did anyone see Saturday Night Live last night? I thought they handled it beautifully - instead of the usual skit to open the show, they had a children's choir singing Silent Night. After several verses, they went quiet, then they all shouted the signature "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!!" together and the opening credits ran, followed by the show as planned (including a very funny skit about the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy, with no reference to the prank call or death of the nurse).
I teared up as the kids sang, and thought it was a lovely, appropriate tribute.