All morning, I’ve been procrastinating writing my blog, as I knew that today’s blog would be of deep reflection and sorrow. How could I not write about the children and families in Newton, CT? It seems nearly impossible to think of anything else knowing that there are lives lost of innocent victims and families that are just like me having to somehow deal with the unimaginable. It is sickening, and I have been crying off and on since it happened yesterday morning.
Yesterday, my husband and I volunteered in my son’s kindergarten class to sing holiday songs with them. As I looked in the expecting eyes of this room full of happy children, I couldn’t help but think of those kindergartners at Sandy Hook Elementary School. What were they doing when the gunman came into their room? Were they making a secret Christmas gift for their families as my children have been whispering to each other about over the last week? Were they learning to read, count, write their letters and work on penmanship. The fact is, they were just being children, and some sicko came into their safe classroom and ended it all destroying the lives of countless people all around them.
I am angry today, because this monster was obviously ill and somehow slipped through the cracks. It absolutely infuriates me that health insurance still considers psychiatric therapy to be elective. It is a disease, and it is so important that people with poor mental health get treatment just as a person with any physical ailment would.
I have never thought gun control was the answer, but a friend wrote about an interesting twist on the argument yesterday. He argued that though mental health is the underlying issue of these mass shootings, health reform is a much more difficult mountain to climb than gun reform. The chance that health insurance will change their policies anytime in the near future is unlikely, but if we could at least change some of the gun laws, maybe we could make more progress. Yes, he said, people should have the right to bear arms…but why semi-automatic weapons? What does anybody need that for?
In the case of of the Netwon, CT elementary school gunman, he obtained his guns from his mother. In other words, he did not purchase them himself, and I am sure criminals will always find a means to obtain guns. It is a vicious cycle, and one that really needs to be addressed immediately. It should be a top priority in our country right now.
There is so much to think about, and whether or not you believe in gun control or not, the fact is that we are a grieving society and need each other right now. We are mourning for these children and their families, and yes, I have been hugging my kiddos over and over again as I am appreciating them more than ever.
My song of the day today is a song called “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds Five. It is in appreciation for my children and for the love I have for them. It is for the memory of those innocent and beautiful children who I will forever hold in my heart. Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear Ben Folds sing this beautiful song. I really am “the luckiest” today as I think of how it could have been me in this tragic situation, and my heart and prayers go out to the moms and dads, friends, uncles aunts, grandmas and grandpas of Newton, CT.