Sorrow and a search for solutions

By a3_nm on fr.wikipedia (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

The school shootings in Connecticut last Friday have saddened the hearts of our nation. Our natural reaction is to scramble for ways to keep such a slaughter of innocents from ever happening again.

As emotionally tempting as it is to call for a roundup of deadly weapons, to truly improve the safety of our children, we have to keep certain realities in mind. John Fund at National Review offers a wise perspective:

In reality, gun control in a country that already has 200 million privately owned firearms is likely to do little to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. We would be better off debating two taboo subjects — the laws that make it difficult to control people with mental illness and the growing body of evidence that “gun-free” zones, which ban the carrying of firearms by law-abiding individuals, don’t work.

One of the young victims was Emilie Parker, who was born in Ogden and who will be buried there this Saturday.

Emilie’s father has shown grace and forgiveness in the face of the unimaginable. Her parents deserve our admiration as well as our sympathy. We also mourn with all the families who have lost so much.

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4 Responses to Sorrow and a search for solutions

  1. Utahlady says:

    Amen to that.

    Before we act ,or act out, re this very real and heartbreaking problem,we first should take the time to grieve. To look at the children in our lives and commit to loving and taking the time to provide values and religious teaching in their lives. To know them and help them through any struggles in their lives. That said ,the parents of these children,probably did all of this and  still could not protect or prepare them, or themselves, for the  pure evil  that was to enter into their lives. For those of us who believe in God,there is comfort in knowing  these victims will continue to be loved ,and sadness that we will miss their growing and the joy they would provide to families,friends and the world,and anger that this happened.

    I wish that all of us could direct all of these feelings into something positive in honor of these children and their teachers,those that passed and those that lived throught this horror.

    My thought was that we could keep the government out of it completely.We are all so fractured and seems all we can do is argue.One thing,just one thing we could and should do to honor all of these heros,living and dead. 

    Tear down the school.We simply cannnot send those children and teachers back into that building. We cannot ask the parents to send them there either. Gather together a team of the best at everything to design and build a prototype school that is affordable and safe.One that is a fortress yet will not make children feel THEY are prisoners. It needs to be done with private funding ,it must be a gift from the people to all children ,to try to keep them safe and secure,at least at school. I would hope that schools across the country would begin to build and renovate in the same spirit. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could do something real rather than argue re guns,mental health issues,and ridding our selves of Hollywood trash and video games. None of which can or will go away, or be controlled to provide the needed protection for our children.It appears some states have chosen to surrender in the war on drugs,which will provide us with our next wave of evil to deal with. We continue to feed the beast rather than starve it .So all we can do is build physical and spiritual fortresses to try to protect them,and pray. Pray a lot.

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