Friday, December 14, 2012

Elementary School Shooting: Where Does It End?

A group of parents are gathered in a firehouse near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  These same parents took the time to dress their children for the cold weather, they fed them breakfast, and they made sure that their children made it school safely.

There’s a group of parents gathered in a firehouse near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  They did everything they knew to do to protect their children.  Yet some of them are going to be told that their child is never coming come again.  

An unthinkable tragedy has occurred.  A gunman has allegedly committed matricide, killing his mother.  We are told he then opened fire on an elementary school full of students, teachers, administrators and support staff.  The media is reporting that the gunman turned his weapon on himself and committed suicide. 

Unfortunately this horrific nightmare doesn’t end with his death.  The American community is left to deal with this unimaginable loss.  Our hearts are broken.

How do we teach conflict resolution skills on a large scale? How do we teach coping skills on a large scale?  How do we address the problem of people with no criminal history (yet) purchasing and possessing guns? Have we reached a new low with the tragic death of so many innocent children? How do we address the issue of access to guns in a fair and balanced manner?

In an emotional address, President Obama shared the following words:

“While nothing can fill the space of a lost child or a loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need, to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for the ones they have lost will endure in their memories but also in ours.”

I welcome your feedback, reactions and comments.

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