Sunday, December 16, 2012

Reflections on elementary school shooting

Thoughts and prayers go out to the children, adults and families tragically impacted by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. How sad it is to hear about the guns a woman collected being turned on her and the people from her community.

Naturally, there is a lot of communication about this on social media. Some feeling strongly that in a nation where 30,000 people die annually from gun violence, it is a public health issue.  I had communication with someone who believed that guns don't kill people, any more than a spoon makes people fat.  I don't know about you, but I would feel far safer being confronted by a depressed or deranged individual with a spoon and pint of ice cream than that same individual with a semiautomatic rifle and box of ammunition.

There in the US we have a great prevalence of guns, which is combined with a society that glamorizes violence.  This is a toxic mix.  I hope that we will soon have stiffer gun controls and that people with guns will keep them safely locked up.  Interested in collecting something, how about spoons?

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