I wrote this post maybe five times, but I guess there are just no right words to say about what happened on Friday. As a human being, my heart breaks for the family and friends of those children, teachers, and administrators. As a father, I cannot fathom what those parents are going through. My youngest is 6 years old, and I shudder just thinking about what if it had been my child.
Gun control debates began almost immediately. And all kinds of speculation and digging into the life of the young man that took innocent lives makes for great news. I think people want to gather the facts, because these kinds of horrors just make no sense at all.
The only thing I will say about all of this is that we do need to re-examine how we treat those with mental illness. As a former teacher, I remember parents at their wits end with some of their teenage kids - some with very deep emotional issues that no one could seem to fix. They were told that nothing could be done until their child committed a crime - they needed to be charged with something in order to create a sort of paper trail and maybe get some real help.
There are parents that live in fear of their own child, and that's another whole tragedy right there.
I know I was griping about turning 40 on Wednesday, but wow, I feel like an ass complaining about such a thing. More than 20 lives will not see 40. Ever. And that is just so tragic. No matter how bad any of my gripes might be, they are trivial compared to the hurt those affected are going through.
This holiday season, let's hope and pray that good triumphs over evil - and that we never take for granted our fortunes AND even some of our "problems."
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Medical sales warrior by day, writing ninja by night...
I am the author of the Mechanica Wars series. The first book, Dragonfly Warrior, will be published in 2013 (stay tuned for details).
I love science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, biographies, and chocolate chip cookies.