Unless you're living under a rock, you've heard of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. I think it may be one of those times in life that looking back, you can remember where you were when you heard about it. For me, I saw a blip on the internet in the morning before I went to work. Honestly, and this sounds horrible, but my first thought was not sadness, outrage, or shock. No, my first thought was "not again". It seems like there has been so many mass shootings lately. So many, in fact, that I'm afraid the shock factor is wearing off.
That said, once I got to work (and I work at an elementary school), I didn't think about it again and went about doing my thing. However, later in the day I had a minute and I opened up a computer and went to CNN.com and saw the headline. My heart dropped in my chest. 20 dead....all little children? I remember looking over at the teacher I was with at that time, who happened to be a 3rd grade teacher and I walked over to him and he was at his desk looking at the same headline. We exchanged looks and both shook our heads in frustration and sadness.
Sadness. That doesn't begin to cut it. Heartache. Disbelief. Heartbreak for the parents and the siblings left behind.
I don't have an answer to the gun violence in America. Stricter gun laws are a part of it but that won't fix everything. If someone really wants to do harm, they'll find a way. However, now is the time to open the dialogue more about gun control and more so, mental health care.
Please say a prayer for those children and teachers killed on Friday.