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what can you do?

there has been much talk of the tragedy in Connecticut… i haven’t paid a lot of attention to it, but i’ve had some talks with friends… it is something that affects all of us… just having a constructive conversation about the incident makes us involved… it was another bad day for humanity…

people want to jump to mental illness screening, gun control issues, etc… but really, there is not much we can do about these types of attacks… i learned a long time ago from my father that people will do what they’re gonna do… no matter the circumstances.

he would never lock his car while it was parked at the house… i would ask, “why don’t you lock the car?”… he casually responded, “if someone wants the car, they’re gonna steal it, locked or not.” that sentence resonates within me to this day… we can try to stop things from happening, but if someone wants to do something badly enough, they’ll do it… no matter what.

i am not saying, “it doesn’t matter” or “shit happens”… the message is there are bad people out there… doing bad things… it’s unfortunate, but it cannot be erased from our lives… no matter where you live, there is potential for something tragic to happen… we have created this place we live in… we have socialized ourselves into this…

there is a ton of good that we do in the US… we have a high (one of the highest) quality of life here… we can’t lose focus of that…

but our youth continues to be brushed aside… their anger and confusion combines into tragedy… you feel deeply for every victim, but where did the gun(kid)man go wrong? when did he learn too much about life? when did he decide he knew how to take control? it’s sad to think about his mindset prior to the shooting… who failed him in his upbringing?

i have been in a school shooting… it was a long time ago… i was 5 years old when Laurie Dann walked into Hubbard Woods Elementary School… i remember hiding in my classroom… i remember sensing something was wrong as we waited to evacuate…

i remember the confusion and fear throughout the town of Winnetka, IL after it happened… it was a town much like Newtown, CT… it is a small town where everyone is connected… so me being best friends with the brother of the child that was killed wasn’t much of a coincidence… also, having my big sister in the classroom that was attacked wasn’t coincidence either… it is a small and peaceful town… the tragedy was just as unthinkable then as it is now…

these things happen… how do we avoid/eliminate them from happening? we can’t… people will do what they want to… we are animals. we have the potential to be civil or not… we have the ability to be moral or not… we need to make sure our youth is not left behind… we need to love our children and show them the way to enjoy life simply…

we are all in this together…

peace and noLove…

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