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Why does this keep happening?

Another school shooting. No child should die at school. And no math teacher should have to take a bullet protecting kids.

When my kids were little I always said 'Most grownups will help you if you are in trouble. Most grownups will fight an alligator for a kid who is not even family to them.' And it is true. And it is heartbreaking. Both my kids heard about today's shooting  with resignation. Both asked why, but  not as if they expected an answer of course.

As I get older these reports upset me more. There is a sort of cumulative horror.

When 9/11 happened my son was 10. He was at school. His teacher had to stop everything and sit all these little 10 year olds down and try to explain what had happened. This was not in NYC-- we lived in Illinois then. A teacher should not have to do that either.


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/21/nevada-middle-school-shooting/3143903/

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veronica_rich
Oct. 21st, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
What fresh fuckery is this? First I've read about it - I was ironically in a bubble of local news all day, trying to get the paper out short a person. Interesting how many of the people screaming "FAILURE!" at something like computer glitches getting the ACA up and going are the very ones who see no problem with the free and easy distribution of guns and ammo even after repeated incidents like this.
thistle_chaser
Oct. 22nd, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
Unfortunately it's just going to keep happening. Certain sections of America are so gun-obsessed (or gun-right-obsessed) that this will never be solved. Japan, which lets no one own a gun, had zero gun deaths last year. A whole bunch of countries (like Sweden and Norway) had just a small handful of them.

I'm afraid it's going to take some really, really big shooting before there's even a chance of anything changing... and even then I have little hope of this stopping.
charliecochrane
Oct. 22nd, 2013 10:58 am (UTC)
Alas, until your country gets "must have a gun" mentality out of its head, this will continue to happen. So sad.
eglantine_br
Oct. 22nd, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
Exactly. If Newtown didn't change minds, I fear it is hopeless.
anteros_lmc
Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
Alas I fear the answer is all too obvious :/

Edited at 2013-10-22 08:52 pm (UTC)
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