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Today is a day of great tragedy. We lost twenty children and six adults in the carnage that occurred at a Connecticut school. There is going to be weeks, if not months of people wondering how and why this could have happened, and that's only natural. We look for answers in the face of tragedy and we mourn collectively at the loss of life and for the loss of innocence for the survivors. The children who survived will be affected by this tragedy for years to come, and some may never get over the horror that occurred today.

We all want to know what could have been done to prevent this tragedy and I think that having the discussion will help those of us who are adults get past the anger. We need to be there for the children who survived and for the children who will undoubtedly have questions for us about how someone could do something like this. For many it will be their first exposure to evil, and I wish that they could be protected from it.

I have a good friend that some of you may know, filkertom, on his livejournal he mentioned that we teach kids to look up more to Chuck Norris and Rambo than we do to Elmo or Mister Rogers. He's right there you know, society looks down on concepts like kindness and love for their own sake. We need to start making a move to make things right, we need to love one another and to teach our children that kindness for its own sake is not a weakness but a strength, that loving our brothers and sisters is something to strive for not something to be derided.

I have to be honest and real here for a moment. I hate guns. I hate we live in a world where so many people think that they are necessary. Don't get me wrong I was taught from a young age to not mess around with guns because they could hurt someone, and I have no problem with people owning guns for hunting, but there has to be something we can do to prevent tragedies like this. I don't know what to do beyond teaching kids that all life has meaning and everyone's life is precious.

Honestly I don't know what else to say right now, I just needed to get this off my chest. I don't have much that I can offer the survivors or the families of the victims of this senseless violence beyond my prayers and comforting thoughts. I wish there was something  I could say or do to take the pain away but I know that's not possible. I pray that God be with them and that He comforts them during this tragedy. I'm still in shock at it all and I hope that I get an answer someday as to what to do to stop things like this.

That's all for now.

May God bless you and may God be gracious to you

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