I’ve been sitting here staring at this screen all morning. Trying to collect my thoughts. Wanting to say something, but completely…well, speechless.
The tragedy at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut on Friday has me very upset. No, I don’t know any of the families who are mourning the loss of loved ones, but I can not even fathom how heartbroken I would be in that situation.
Dropping my son off at daycare this morning was more difficult that usual. I, literally, trust the staff of that facility with my only son’s life 50 hours a week. Do I want it this way? No, of course not.
But we’re not safe anywhere anymore. When you get down to it – you’re not safe at work, the grocery store, your own HOME. Evil is out there…everywhere.
I’m tired of reading comments on Facebook and blogs saying this is an issue with parenting, gun control, etc. Yes, perhaps his father was absent (are we noticing this trend of young men raised by single mothers?!), he had unrestricted access to an arsenal of weapons (incredibly irresponsible!!!!), but honestly…this 20 year old man was ill. No sane person, regardless of their circumstances, does this. Plain and simple.
So where do we go from here? My friend, Elizabeth (who is a licensed social worker), has started the Mary Jane Brining Project in “an effort to raise awareness that mental illness affects everyone either directly or indirectly. It is now time to stop the stigma and make mental health a priority in our world”.
There is no reason that the world can’t be a safe place for our children. No one should have to worry about this. We need to find solutions for those people who are desperately crying out for help.