I’m still shook by the Connecticut school shooting. I’m still sick to my stomach imagining a man coming into an elementary school classroom pointing a gun at beautiful little five to ten year old kids, frozen in shock, and pulling the trigger. And shooting this innocent kids. Several times. The whole thing makes me sick, still. And disgusted. Repulsed at the idea of what our world is really like. I spent last night watching the CURRENT TV show, Vanguard, and watching these episodes back to back on injustices in the world, like the reciprocal smuggling of guns for drugs from the US to Mexico or the cocaine trafficking from South America through West Africa to Europe and how Africa is a transit continent for both cocaine and African drug and sex workers in Europe by both the Italian and Nigerian mafia. And it was all truly terrifying. I didn’t know if I was terrified more about these things actually happening or if it was that this wasn’t even mentioned on any of the popular media outlets.
The one positive thought that I had was realizing that we are all united by this overwhelming grief that we share for our country, those families that have suffered the loss, and the loss of these beautiful and bright children - our future - that have not come to see personal fruition. And this moment of unity, in all acceptance of its sadness is whole-hearted. Brothers and sisters of America, we have all suffered from this national tragedy. This photo reminds me that we are not mourning alone. Let us all connect in this cause and not pass it over like yesterday’s news. Compassion is omnipresent. Let us unite in compassion, then.
There is also the common thought of “what do we do about this?”/”how do we solve this?” circulating. And to be honest, I don’t know. Clearly we can point fingers at gun laws because they’re ridiculous but as a psychology grad I think something needs to be said for mental health care institutions in the US as well.
Here’s something I read that gave me some relief. Words by Morgan Freeman:
"You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.
It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed
people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.
CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.
You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”