My heart aches for the families of those lost in the most recent of school shootings. If you haven't read or heard about it, you can here. I can't even begin to imagine what those poor kids must have gone through, those who were shot and those who witnessed or heard it. As a mother it frightens me to know that no place is 100% safe.
Reading through the comments on Facebook and talking with friends, opinions vary from "no one should have guns" to if the teachers were allowed to carry concealed this tragedy could have been prevented. One sentiment was often repeated by mothers: I want to go get my babies and hold them tight." Although I lived in Colorado Springs at the time, on the day of the shootings in Columbine I wanted to do the same thing. All I wanted was to take my child out of school and hold him tight and make my way to my husband.
Some will want to use this senseless tragedy, along with other recent killings, as yet another launching pad for gun control. Bring on even more laws or better yet, ban all guns. While today is not the day for me to debate it, I will say this:
1. Criminals rarely if ever are law abiding. Making laws only restricts those who obey them in the first place.
2. When the first murder took place on this earth thousands of years ago, guns had not been invented yet. Most likely Cain's weapon of choice was a rock or his own hands.
3. Until we realize that children must be taught from day one to be kind to one another and to respect life, this wont be the last time innocent people have to die needlessly.
Having said that, I ask that instead of arguing for or against weapons right now, we pray. Pray for the families of those who lost loved ones. Pray for the children and faculty of the school in Newtown, CT, and the town as well. And pray for this country, that we might all turn back to God and get back on the right track. And go, hold your kids tight. We can revisit thoughts on guns and such another day.