Saturday, December 15, 2012

Saturday Morning/Mourning Post

Yes the coverage of the tragedy that occurred in Connecticut yesterday
will be everywhere for the next few days.

It is horrifying to imagine the grief that is taking place in that town.

At this point it is necessary for all of us to stop for a moment 
and ask how and why this happened.

Hopefully in a short period of time our governments will 
show wisdom in their decision and to listen to their citizens 
as to how to stop this violence against innocent people.


18 comments:

  1. In the midst of this tragedy the wee bird sits, peaceful, unaware of the huge suffering,grief, and sadness overwhleming so many this day.May he stay innocent, and continue to come to the feeder,safe from harm.My thoughts with all those in Connecticut. Greetings from Jean

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    1. This is as I hope we all can live.

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  2. A hand reaching out in kindness. A simple gesture that could eliminate the need for weapons. But, I can't imagine what we say to the families and friends of 26 children and teachers, except perhaps, that we mourn along with them. I, too, would like all governments to declare it illegal to own guns. On the news this evening, one journalist said there has been talk of allowing American students to carry guns to protect themselves. Perhaps the open hand, extended in kindness is where we start. Thanks, Jim.

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    1. I needed something last night that I could hold on to....to make some sense of this tragic event.

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  3. That is a very beautiful and symbolic photo; perfect for the message in this post. A gentle gesture; an offering of kindness. If only we could all reach out to each other this way. It is a sad time for all of humanity, but particularly for the families who are grieving.

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    1. You are correct Martha. We tend to forget about being kind with one another on a regular basis not just during tragic events.

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  4. I am stunned that the mother had 4 guns registered to her name and the father 2. I am shocked that it is commonplace for Americans to have a gun in their family home. Our lawn guy in Florida was shocked that in Canada, other than hunters, no one has a gun unless you are a criminal. He can;t believe that we don;t have a gun in our house. People will always be able to get illegal guns, but having them lying around the house puts responsibility on many people, including the government that allows the sale of these weapons. The 2nd Amendment is a disgrace, as is the NRA. A very very sad and tragic event.

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    1. Chania, you have hit the nail on the head! Yes maybe guns were necessary back in 1776 when 'things' were a little wild. But I feel a huge update is needed to overhaul this perspective which I feel has contributed to the collective mind set in the US over the years that guns are a necessary staple in every home. I think and I hope the forefathers would be appalled by all this violence.

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    1. I had to find something Pat that I felt would give some balance to this very unsettling situation.

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  6. Thank you for the beautiful post, Jim.
    That little chickadee is so sweet - it's one of my favorite birds, but I rarely see them here.

    The horrific events in Connecticut really hit me hard. I have been through so many perimeter lockdown drills and real events with my little 7-9 year old students. Some situations were precipitated by estranged family members. You sit in a corner in your locked, dark classroom trying to keep your children safe, silent, and as unalarmed as possible, while you frantically think about what you will do if, if, if, scenario after scenario. I said children, not students, because to teachers they are children you love and care for for the year you are privileged to share their lives.

    My sister Bertie was specifically targeted in Calgary, Canada, by an angry parent with a gun. Fortunately things turned out okay, but my sister was permanently rattled. It happens even where guns are controlled.

    My favorite Rockette, Alana, is distraught right now, because she taught dance in Newtown for 10 years and grew up in Aurora. What can anyone say to make sense of this to her? I have no words for these horrors.

    The gun thing! When Columbine happened here, certain legislators wanted to pass a law requiring teachers to carry guns so that they could stop (shoot down) students who were threatening to shoot other students. It did not pass, thank God! There is no way I would have packed a gun! Are you kidding me?

    After the Aurora shootings, the purchase of guns in Colorado went up a lot because people were worried that the government might take their guns away. There is a big controversy going on right now in Colorado over the right of students to carry concealed weapons on university campuses. Anyone who wants a gun can get one, and the background check system is a joke. Years ago I read that one in four adults in Colorado was carrying a gun. I'm sure it's higher now.

    My first husband, a paralyzed former 101st Airborne vet, never went anywhere without a gun under the cushion in his wheelchair. I knew a lot about guns - knew because I've blocked a lot of it out of my mind.

    I am someone from Canada who grew up with guns. My father was an excellent marksman, and some of my earliest memories are from a gun range in Charlottetown, PEI. The first 30 years of my life I spent with guns. I have been threatened by gunpoint more than once, and on one occasion I was sure I was about to die. I actually went through an out of body experience. Since then I have lived gun free.

    I have friends who carry, and they would probably die defending their right to own guns under the second amendment. I respect their right to own guns for hunting, and recreation, even for self defense. But things are totally out of control now. They say guns don't kill people, people kill people. I say that it's a lot easier when you have a gun. They say, "I am not going to be a victim, and I am going to defend myself and my family."

    I have no answers for these horrors, such as in Connecticut. There are so many, many guns in the hands of so many people. You take them away from responsible owners, and there will still be many, many guns among all the criminal element. Unfortunately students dying only makes people more determined to own guns than ever. People are just going to continue to die, and the mounting numbers don't matter.

    I have been cutting out clippings about gun numbers in Colorado thinking about writing about it. Maybe I'll just have to.

    I'm going to keep looking at your chickadee and hugging Terry. Lots of hugs to you, Ron, and Sophie!

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    1. If Ron had had a few seeds that day, this Chickadee would have had no problem landing on his hand. They are the sweetest little creatures which are abundant here in Nova Scotia.

      Louise, your experiences and passion for your children is so heart-warming that it almost brought me to tears. The children were also my main focus in schools as well. Teachers have an unbelievably high level of responsibility during the day....one which is generally overlooked by many in our society.

      Your experiences with guns is enlightening and at the same time surprising to this Canadian and somewhat naive fellow. It is amazing how our two countries are so different in this aspect of guns/protection mentality. Wonder what it was that happened or triggered (pun intended) the US to go in one direction and Canada in an almost opposite one? Considering somewhat similar histories forging through and conquering the west.

      Thanks for your insightful response Louise.

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  7. So, so sad. Thank you for your image of hope...
    Ivan :(

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    1. I know that violence exists and that it will always exist. It is good to be aware of its opposite.

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  8. Nothing to add... Thanks for being one of the peaceful and rational.

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    1. No need to add Mitch....it makes one speechless.

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  9. Its a crazy world at times... my thoughts and sympathies go to everyone involved xx

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    1. Good to see you Alex! We do live in a crazy world alright.

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