Monday, December 24, 2012

How Many Killings is Enough?

Christmas Eve in America, firefighters ambushed fighting a fire. A week earlier 20 children and 7 adults gunned down in a school in less than 3 minutes. This is really what some people think the Founding Fathers dreamed of, lived and died for? I don't think so.


gabrielle said...

In addition to signing, please consider calling your Congressional representatives.

C Woods said...

I am so saddened by these recent events. I wish I, or anyone else, had a solution. There are so many assault rifles in our country that banning them would be practically useless. Those who want them will find them and the ammunition to use them. Putting armed guards in schools is useless, too. I taught in many schools that were so large, it would take 10-15 minutes to run from one end to the other. By the time an armed guard would arrive, many would be dead. And if a crazed person did his/her homework, they could probably figure out where the guards are and shoot them first. Others have proposed arming teachers. If I were still teaching, I would refuse to have a gun in my room. And what if a student was able to put his/her hands on that gun? Then the school and teacher could be sued. Even though I loved most of my fellow teachers, like the rest of society there were always a few teachers who were a little "off" ---not really dangerous, but maybe I wouldn't trust a gun in their hands. It has been suggested that we put bars on all doors and windows or seal everyone inside of steel doors, turning our schools into virtual prisons. I don't think most people want that either. Then there are those who want to lock up anyone with a mental problem. It seems that the experts agree that close to 100% of the people who plan these horrendous acts have told someone. We need to impress upon everyone ---parents, teachers, neighbors, fellow students, family members, friends, that they have to get help when they hear these threats. Maybe a national anonymous hotline would be a good idea. It is better to be wrong and alive than dead or have lifelong guilt knowing you didn't do something that could have saved lives. But then, if there were a hotline, maybe these people would stop talking. Yet, I can't help but think they are talking because they want someone to know, to stop them, to help them. We don't do a very good job of listening to others, do we? I admit I'm just a guilty as most.