Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Sad Day

by Leann

I didn't plan on writing a serious post for today, but my heart is heavy after the tragic shooting on Saturday. Nothing light or funny seems appropriate. I'm all for crime fiction, but the non-fiction variety makes me sick to my stomach. Fake guns make for a good story. Real guns make for sad endings.

We will learn much about a misguided and no doubt troubled young man in the coming week. His almost incomprehensible youtube "manifesto" was still on the internet hours after the shooting. It will be gone, probably by the time you read this. I read it, or tried to, and I can say he speaks of terrorism and that politics played a part in his senseless attack on innocent people, one of whom was a nine-year-old child.

I won't be spouting my own politics here. This is not the forum. I am only left with questions. Will we be as outraged about this as we are about airport scans? Will we examine this tragedy with a commitment to find solutions? Will our politicians quit worrying about getting re-elected long enough for this wake-up call to sink in? Or will we be quick to dismiss this incident as just another nutcase who turned violent--something that happens all the time. My thought? The fact that it "happens all the time" is pretty darn scary.

Right now, a lot of families are mourning, worrying and asking questions themselves, the biggest one being "Why?" My thoughts are with them. One thing remains without a doubt. This man who had issues with his government will not hesitate to use all its benefits for his own protection.

16 comments:

Jeannie said...

I just keep thinking about the "expectation of life" that the victims had or should have had. My heart just breaks over this anger running without censuring in people's own minds. It is time to pray for all.

Bella said...

I dont even have words to express how sick this has made me. I was horrified when I first heard about the tragic event while at work. And then I learned of little 9 year old Christine, invited by a neighbor to attend b/c she had just been elected to her student council, and she went to see our government in action and I couldn't help but cry! All these innocent people, and one selfish, hostile person spreading violence. It's so senseless.
The victims and their families are in my prayers.

Nanc said...

My heart just hurts...simply and needlessly hurts.

Heather Webber said...

I have a feeling we may never know why. So terribly sad.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you for your thoughts. I think after something like this, we all need a place to say what we feel.

Merry Lu said...

Very well said, Leann, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am praying and hoping that this incident helps people to cool their anger and warm their hearts and remember what is really and truly important.

dollycas aka Lori said...

I am truly scared about the direction our country is headed and will not go into my politics here, but the day a Congresswoman cannot meet her constituents outside a grocery store is the time for everyone to take a deep breathe and think about how we got here and where we are headed. The thought that this man with documented mental issues and a criminal record bought the gun 4 days ago is frightening. America is headed down a rocky slope and with all the rhetoric being spewed by pundits and politicians this is not the last time this is going to happen.

Anonymous said...

Leann, thank you so much, you have expressed our thoughts very well. I believe part of the problem is, many people think entertainment consists of ugly behaviour accepted as entertainment. We have ignored bullying in our schools. We make celebrities out of people with no talent except a talent for talking big and doing things that appear to be cheating on some show. Many people believe those "reality" shows are actually real and not arranged. We no longer show courtesy to one another, we are too busy making our point to listen to someone else's point. I know, I sound 100 years old, but we have lost many connections to one another and I think it is costing us so much more than anyone expects.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you. I am afraid this will not be the last time and all of you have said many things that need saying and repeating. Civility, acceptance, compassion ... all of these are important. I think it is telling we are hearing nothing of this young man's family.

ev said...

He is already invoking his 5th amendment rights and no longer cooperating with the police.

Guess the power of his convictions don't stand up to reality.

Dru said...

My heart goes out to the families and friends effected by this senseless act of violence.

I worry about this country I live in where some people react not civilly to one another but to violence. What happened to let's talk?

Leann Sweeney said...

Some have been talking so loud, no one can be heard.

Nancy said...

My heart is heavy for the victims of this horrible act. Leann, you ask if we will examine this tragedy with a commitment to find solutions. I think that this is of great importance. Dollycas aka Lori brought up a good point that this man should not have been able to buy a gun. I hope that the gun control laws will be made more stringent.
Thank you for sharing your feelings and giving others a chance to voice their concern,also.

Kate Collins said...

What scares me is wondering how many more like this deranged man are out there. With guns.
The law in my area was recently changed to allow people to keep guns in their cars while at work. We have a lot of steel mills in the area and have already had a murder of a boss by an angry employee. What could our politicians be thinking to allow guns in cars, where they'll be handy for the next mentally unstable person with a gripe?
Good post, Leann. I hope it gets people thinking.

signlady217 said...

This hits a bit close to home for my family. About 2 years ago, my cousin's daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend (the father of her two children) and he also killed the young man she was with. The gunman was an illegal alien, still here and with numurous documented domestic violence reports and restraining orders against him. Her mother has huge files of everything that they tried to do to get him off the streets before this ever happened, and we are all following his court case very closely. One good thing that has come out of this is that a local playwright heard the story and contacted my cousin, and has now written a play about the entire situation and part of the funds raised are going to a domestic violence awareness/prevention group. (I told mom it wouldn't surprise me for it to be turned into a made-for-TV movie at some point.) One can only hope that with more awareness comes more responsibility and respect, for yourself and for others.

Terri P said...

The issue isnt politics really. It is people acting violently based on their political views. It all comes back to hate in the end. And the sad thing is there is so much hate out there and so many people gladly willing to fuel it in the name of their causes.

Terri