Yesterday, another tragedy. This one happened very close to home for me. I think that I'm taking this almost as personally as I did when the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy happened on December 14, 2012. I can't ever forget Sandy Hook. It happened on my and Bob's 7th wedding anniversary.
I spent a good portion of yesterday on Twitter pleading with the Portland media to not make the shooter infamous. I begged them to not publish this person's name. My idea is to simply cremate these people and flush them down the toilet to be with all the other nameless turds. Send out a message loud and clear that this bullshit cannot and will not be tolerated any longer! Our nation's children deserve better than this.
I was outside talking to my neighbor regarding this tragedy when the manager of the RV park walked up. We chatted for a minute about this subject. She said, and quite callously...especially being the wife of a pastor...that she doesn't believe in gun control. That's fine. Everyone's entitled to their opinion and I completely respect hers. I don't understand the reasoning behind it, though. My neighbor and I were told that she doesn't believe in gun control because of pirates and cowboys and Indians...they all killed one another. Don't ask me, I don't know. If there were any form of logic to that equation, I would have been all ears with it. But, because pirates shot each other and, as she put it, Indians killed cowboys and cowboys killed Indians (her words, not mine), we should not have gun control. Um, yeah, sure, ok...I'm still not sure how this would all tie in with children taking weapons to school and exterminating each other!?!?!?
I'm not entirely convinced that gun control is the answer to this spreading epidemic. I'm not saying that it couldn't help, but I'm not sure that it would. Do I think that there need to be new laws in place before a person can simply waltz into Walmart and buy a weapon? You bet I do. I've always had an issue with that. I don't think pawn shops should be able to sell them, either. Until recent years, in the state of Washington, a person had to go and buy a bottle of booze from a state run liquor store and I don't see any problem with having state run weapon stores. Don't even get me started on assault weapons, either. Those were invented with one purpose only...too kill and kill a large number in a very short amount of time. Being the wife of a disabled Vietnam veteran who feels the same way as I do, I think I'm very justified in saying that I believe that only the military should have access to these weapons, not the general public. I know there will be people who disagree and that is completely ok...feel free...but don't get into a pissing match with me on my own blog. They invented the delete and ban button for a reason. It seems to me that obtaining a weapon in the United States is easier than obtaining a driver's license.
As I have been reading from the Oregonian's news alerts...in the comments...I see that both sides of the political fence are out in full force, playing the blame game. If you're a liberal, you are stupid. If you're a conservative, you're even more stupid...seriously, folks, who has time for this shit??? I say that everyone needs to freaking knock it off and come up with a solution! There have been 74 school campus shootings from December 14, 2012 (Sandy Hook) until now. SEVENTY-FOUR!! There are studies out there showing the various psychological "medications" that each of these shooters were either on or had been on prior to their rampages. I really do believe that this avenue needs to be investigated to the fullest extent. We owe that to the kids.
The simple act of going to school should not be a matter of life or death for children and we owe them, at the very least, the decency to investigate why this is happening and get politics and politicians the hell out of the solution.
I hate to say this but I'm rather ashamed at what my country has become. I am ashamed that the whole antidepressant/medication/school shooting avenue hasn't been explored more. I'm ashamed that there are these two sides arguing back and forth when they should be together and focusing on a solution. Shame on us, America...we should and could do better for the kids.