I just don’t get this crazy world. The things that go on and the evil that men do seems to have no meaning or reason. We are constantly barraged with incidents and images of horrific crimes against humanity. There seems to be no end to it. There is an old saying that history repeats itself, and this was a sad recurrence indeed. After the shootings we were subjected to yesterday it makes one wonder if their faith in humanity is warranted. Mine is shaken but I still do believe there is more good in people than those with bad intentions.
This was one if the worst mass shootings in American history. The fact that most of those killed were small children is horrifying. No one should die the way they did yesterday, children or adults. The media was all over the story and seemed to bungle their reports left and right. From naming the wrong person who committed this violent act, to the amount of victims, to running pictures of the wrong people, to even sticking microphones in front of the terrified children who survived this ordeal to get sound bytes. The media at times makes me sick the way they try to outdo each other and rush to be the first one to sensationalize a big story. If I was one of the parents I would have punched the reporters in the face. It just seemed so inappropriate to me.
Then there were the attacks in China. A man stabbed an elderly woman and 22 school children in a another senseless act of aggression. Last night there was a shooting at the front entrance of the Excalibur Casino in Las Vegas where two people were killed right during busy hours and a full casino. The attacks are occurring with those using knives, guns, high powered automatic weapons, etc. It just seems as if the world has gone completely mad at times. Those who proceed to commit these crimes use all sorts of weapons. If they have a motive they find a way. Now, I am a gun advocate and have a membership at a shooting range here in NYC. I do it for target practice and fun. Yet, I find no reason whatsoever for the average citizen to have high powered assault weapons such as was used yesterday for the shootings in CT. Those are military grade weapons that are meant for one thing – killing. Not for hunting, or shooting deer, or birds. They are made to cut a person in half. If you are in the military or law enforcement I can see having access to these. Again, I feel there is no reason for these weapons to be out in the hands of civilians. Now, I’m not going to get on a soapbox about the gun laws and situation of guns in this country as we all have our opinions. As we saw yesterday there are a variety of weapons that can be used in these meaningless attacks. Those that want to do harm will find a way. It’s the reality of the world we live in. Sad but true.
I grew up during a time when we left our doors and windows open. Our friends and neighbors just dropped in whenever. We went to the mall and the movies without having to worry about being shot. Nowadays it seems we live in fear a bit, and always have to keep one eye opened looking around to protect ourselves. We live in homes that have bars on the windows and security systems locking us down like a fortress. Still, nothing can shield us from senseless crimes as were committed yesterday. We still have to go out and live. We need to be out in the public. We need to send our children to schools. It’s what we do as a society.