Thursday, January 16, 2014

Another School shooting?

"These tragedies must end." -Barack Obama

I really don't watch television hardly at all, and I never watch the news. So unless someone is talking about it on Facebook or they mention it on the radio on my way into work, I probably have no idea what is going on in the world. 

So yesterday morning when I heard the news of the school shooting that occurred in New Mexico this week, my heart was broken. 

Didn't we just have a school shooting last month? It got me questioning how often do these occur. If you have time check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_States
I know Wikipedia isn't exactly a reliable source, but this list will shock you. 

It's children and teenagers and adults who make the decision that the day would be best served ending the lives of others. Yesterday, the shooter was 12 years old. And the youngest school shooter was a mere 6 years old. 

Virginia Tech, Sandy hook, Columbine... to name a few. 

"Does this darkness have a name? This cruelty, this hatred, how did it find us? Did it steal into our lives, or did we seek it out and embrace it? What happened to us? That we now send our children into the world like we send young men to war... Hoping for their safe return... But knowing that some will be lost along the way. When did we lose our way? Consumed by the shadows, swallowed whole by the darkness. Does this darkness have a name? Is it your name?"

Don't let your hearts and minds become desensitized to these tragedies. Just because no one died in the shooting this week, does that mean that #PrayersForRoswell shouldn't be trending? Do you think the kids who experienced this won't be traumatized, that the boy who committed this crime wasn't seriously broken and disturbed. 

When a school shooting doesn't qualify as a massacre, do we even care? Maybe care is the wrong... but does it cut to your core the same way it did when you hear about Columbine? 

I didn't think so. 

At what point did children learn that a gun can solve their problems. That revenge is the answer.


We need to teach our children to love... no just by telling them, but by actually loving. I don't people who fill love and hope commit such crimes.

I wrote this after the Boston Marathon bombing. Check it out for more details on how I believe you can personally prevent another tragedy. 
http://paigerific.blogspot.com/2013/04/tragedy-strikes.html

I believe it's time to make stand. And I don't have all the answers. But I do have one... love.

Pray for Roswell, and for the schools in your area... these tragedies must end. Murderers getting so much media exposure. Children dying so young.

I will finish today's blog with a quote, that was not in fact by Morgan Freeman (in case you mistakenly heard it was).


“It’s because of the way the media reports it. Turn on the news and see how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single 'victim' of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basement see the news and want to top it by doing something worse and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster instead of a sad nobody. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or maternity ward next. You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”

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