…To Touch The Face Of God

Our nation still reels from the shocking events that took place in Connecticut on Friday, where 27 people were slain by a mad young man, 26 at a school, 20 of them children aged six or seven.

It is a tragedy that defies words and logic.  Our President tearfully vowed change will come as a result, and his side of the aisle will follow in lock step behind him.  The problem is; will that other side of the aisle join him or oppose him?  The National Rifle Association are big players in the GOP, and I’m sure they will want to safeguard against what they may consider a power grab by the President.  And it’s quite right for a political process to have checks and balances.

Obama’s speech on Friday reminded me of how President Reagan consoled the country on another equally sad day on January 28, 1986 when the space shuttle Challenger exploded.  It didn’t matter what “team” you were on, you found the words soothing.  We all lost on that January day in ’86, just as we all lost once more on Friday.

I don’t know what the future holds, and I hope sanity and common ground will prevail when we answer the questions of how we can all prevent shootings like these from occurring.  All I know is that 28 people have touched the face of God, way before their time.

I’m getting tired of seeing these kind of incidents.

It needs to stop.

It needs to stop NOW.


An Unspeakable Tragedy

In the little over a year I’ve been doing this blog, this is easily the hardest blog I’ve ever done.

I heard of a school shooting in Connecticut this morning, but I had no idea how big the shooting was until I turned CNN on at 1pm.  Most of the time, I want to get the latest news of an ongoing story.  This is one of the times in my life I wish I hadn’t.

As of 1:10pm ET on December 14th (and remember please that these stories can rapidly change, so by the time you see it, it may have) there are reportedly 26 or 27 people that have been killed in a school in Newtown, Connecticut.  Among those killed, at least 10 but possibly as many as 18 on them are children.

Putting this post together, I was thinking about how I feel about gun control.  And I thought, well, I’m in favor of anyone but idiots being able to get guns.  Another thought came to mind: well, isn’t that in itself gun control?  I suppose so.

My own town of Pinellas Park has been hit with a school shooting, back in 1988.  When I was a junior at Largo High School when it happened, and the teacher wounded and the assistant principal killed each used to teach at LHS.

Do I have answers?  No.  I’m just getting real tired of seeing this over and over again.  At Columbine.  At Virginia Tech.  At Belsan, Russia.  At Dunblane, Scotland.  And now Newtown, Connecticut joins that list.

If you pray, doing so might not be a bad idea.  These are children that are gone that won’t get to open up presents probably already bought for them, and adults probably with children of their own who don’t get to share in each others Christmases this year and forevermore.

God bless the people of Newtown, Connecticut.  They will need the support of anyone who can spare it.