In the 4th grade I had a teacher named Mrs. Ganatsio. Probably the only woman I have ever known who wore the term, statuesque. She was a classic Italian beauty with alabaster skin, raven black hair and, the demeanor of a saint. Everyday in class we took an hour for "free reading". An hour, where one could choose the book one wished and read quietly. I was head over heels for Mrs. Ganatsio, full on puppy love. She could have said, "_______, go and get me a piece of the moon to show the class" and, I would have scampered happily off to get it. During free reading I often spent the last half of the hour looking out a window as , I had finished my book and was waiting for the hour to end. One day Mrs. Ganatsio came to me and asked why I wasn't reading anymore, I told her I had finished my book. She then won my ever lasting devotion when she said to me, "You know you can read another book don't you?" The thought had never occurred to me. That was at Sandy Hook Elementary School 1974. Imagine my reaction when I signed on the net Friday....
We have failed to address the issue here. We have failed to take the issue into account at all. How much gun legislation is enough? You may say, "never enough until things like this quit happening".
Count them all. Not a single one them did anything to prevent this from happening. That is a fact! So I ask again, how much is enough? Why, does this not say to folks who consider themselves "intellectual giants" "We have failed to address the issue here."? Why does this not howl, "We are missing the point!"? I am going to provide you with a simple analogy of the "solution" some would insist upon in this instance. You decide for yourself if it is a viable option....
You have roaches in your home
Put on a new roof....roaches
Put in new windows....roaches
Put in new doors....roaches
Put on new siding....roaches
Move to a new house....period of calm.....roaches
That, in a nutshell, is the solution some would insist upon from everyone. Never mind the roaches, we will suffer, we will dig the graves until the bogeymen or 'roaches' go away or change.
I am rather opposed to that approach.
We must address the reality. The reality is; In a "gun free zone" and armed psycho walked into a school and opened fire, ending more than 20 lives. This was not, "gun violence". Do not be distracted from the point with pseudo-intellectual catch phrases. This is violence, not some event to be cliched and labeled and categorized. Violence committed by a person, be they never so soulless as this one. There is the problem, there is your roach.
Vigilance is NOT a phobia....It is an inevitable consequence.