The United States and Guns

Like everyone else I watched in horror on Friday December 14 at the events in Newtown Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My thoughts and prayers are with those families involved in this tragedy. I can’t even imagine what they are going through right now.

 There is a problem in this country. Many people over the past few days have given their opinion on how to solve it. Everyone wants to feel safe and protect their loved ones, but we now live in a world where arming teachers was a suggested solution. Let’s step back and think about that for a second. Our country is so screwed up kindergarten teachers need to be packing? If a dystopian future movie came out in 1980 with armed teachers, people would have thought it was going too far. Now while I totally disagree, I understand the sentiment behind it. I am the daughter and sister of teachers and I know they would both do anything to protect their students.

 President Obama said it perfectly last night at the Sandy Hook vigil. “No single law — no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can’t be an excuse for inaction.” He was right on all counts. We need gun control reform. We also need to take a look at our society and ask ourselves why are so many people becoming broken and violent that many of us feel the need to own guns to protect ourselves.