Newtown, CT School Shooting Dominates the News

We don’t watch live television.  In the day, we mainly watch Sesame Street.  In spite of a conscious decision to keep live television out of our house (only watch stuff online), it doesn’t keep out the scary things that happen in the news.  Everyone is currently aware of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Over the coming days, we’re going to see shock and horror, then it’ll move into politicizing.  People will talk about how gun control (either more strict so the gunman/gunmen wouldn’t have had access to the weapons, or less strict so that teachers would have been carrying) would have prevented the tragedy in Newtown that has claimed the lives of innocent children.  There will be discussions about mental health care failing in the country, which will turn into a debate about socialized health care or privatized insurance.  We might even see people suggest a further erosion of our freedoms in the name of safety.  There will be lots of finger pointing.

Either way, it’s an ugly situation that has ended lives and shattered families.  Maybe what we should do is leave the debates and the blame to others.  Instead of letting politics or other agendas creep into the tragic loss of life in Newtown, we should just hold our babies tighter.  Let the ex that you’re angry with have some time to talk to the kids tonight.  If you’re a religious person, offer your prayers to those in Newtown.  If you’re not, at least keep them in your thoughts.

Somewhere in Connecticut, there will be families missing loved ones.  They deserve to be remembered and respected.

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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