On Friday I wanted to post about how happy I was because it was the last day of the school year. I arrived home early with the plan of watching an episode or two of Downton Abbey before I had to return to school that evening for the Prize Giving Ceremony. Instead, when I turned on my computer I was bombarded with the shocking news of the tragedy that befell a small town in Connecticut. As the clock ticked the death toll kept rising, finally landing at the horrifying number of 26. All acts of violence are disturbing. But this was too much. Who enters an elementary school and opens fire on children? What message was this person trying to send by killing 20 children aged seven and under? I read a report about a young teacher who was killed trying to protect her first grade students. She should be remembered as a hero.
When is enough going to be enough? The memories of the victims are quickly being overshadowed. People have taken to Facebook to argue about gun control. How many more school shootings (or mall shootings, movie theater shootings...) is it going to take until policy makers and gun advocates get their act together? How many more innocent people need to die until it becomes more difficult for people to get their hands on a gun?
The whole thing makes me sick. If I think about it for too long I begin to cry. It's just so horrifying. So senseless. So unnecessary.