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14 December 2012 @ 03:57 pm
Horrific shooting in Sandy Hook, CT  
There was a shooting today in Connecticut.
At an elementary school.
Over twenty individuals were killed, the vast majority of which were kindergartners.

There's not a lot that seems to be known as the news is still unfolding, but what they're saying sounds pretty bad. Reporters are guessing that the shooter was out to get his mom, a teacher at the school. But why would he kill all those tiny little kids? That makes no sense, unless he was executing them before turning on the teacher. But it sounds like he was spraying bullets all over the place, so I don't think he had that kind of control.

What sets someone off like that? That's what I want to know. How did he reach the conclusion that what he had to do was kill a bunch of little kids? Although I guess if we had a way to know those sorts of things, they wouldn't happen.

I don't really have any kids in my life; I mean, I have my nephews but they aren't school-aged yet. So as shocked as I am by this, I know it isn't hitting me nearly as hard as a lot of my friends who have children or younger siblings. On Facebook I see so many posts to the tune of "I'm gonna hold my baby extra tight tonight" or "I'm tempted to pull my child out of school so he'll be safe". Dude. You live in San Jose. In California. Your kid is FINE.

My sister-in-law was saying that the government was to blame because kids have to be safe when they're at school, 100% of the time. That seems extreme to me. Yes, in an ideal world kids would always be safe, but here in the real world you can't guarantee their safety at home, in the car, or at school. There's always going to be risk, and if some crazy guy decides to bring a gun to school and shoot, shoot, shoot until someone takes him down...well, there's not a bloody lot that can be done to stop him unless we start putting police officers in every single elementary school, and do we really want that?