15 December 2012

We Need To Do It Now

As a teacher of young children, the senseless murders that occurred in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT yesterday hit far too close to home.

My heart is sick.

This is not the time to sit idle. Too much is at stake. Hug your kids, say your prayers and then go fight like hell to turn this epidemic around. The gun culture in America is insane, selfish, and deadly.

Say what you will, but if you say your right to bear arms overrides a kindergartener's right to a safe education, then your word is pathetic.

Moreover, what does it say about this nation when it is far more difficult to obtain sufficient mental health treatment and therapy than it is to obtain a firearm?

We need to come together as a nation and begin the process of assessing how our culture became as screwed up as it is. We need to take action to fix it. We need to stop this pain and this madness, and we need to do it now.

"If we can bring our children understanding, comfort, and hopefulness when they need this kind of support, then they are more likely to grow into adults who can find these resources within themselves later on." -Mister Rogers, read the full article here.

10 comments:

  1. You could not have said it better. I love you.

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  2. Oh Kayla...here's hoping that your sick heart heals and that
    you continue the amazing teaching & nurturing that you demonstrate each day.I love you.

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  3. YES...with you 100%. Too many people are not ANGRY enough about this...anger does not disrespect those lost, contrary to popular opinion. We have to embrace that fire within us all and put it to good use! I'll be sharing your words Kayla...a powerful message. xo

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  4. I'd like to co-sign everything you've written here.

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  5. I'm an elementary school teacher and you've articulated all of my jumbled thoughts about this horrific event. My first thoughts went to my own classroom and kids - I'm sure I'm not alone. It's all very hard to imagine. Unfortunately, I've had to imagine it as a student (during Columbine and Virginia Tech) and now as a teacher. I think you're exactly right about access to mental health treatment. As a nation, we are far more reactive than preventive. I'm sad it's taken this much to bring these issues to light.

    Thanks for your perspective. I know I'll be extra grateful to see those little faces on Monday morning.

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    1. Megan,

      I've been thinking the same think all weekend: On Monday, I will hug my three & four-year-olds extra hard when they walk into my classroom.

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  6. John is a gun owner, and I asked him after reading this on Saturday what kind of gun control laws he thought were appropriate–worried that we might disagree. I was blown away by the level of detail and divulgence he thought was needed (there I was thinking I was strongly in favor of gun control!), and it made me love him that much more.

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  7. Thanks for being open about your stance on this. I totally agree. I can't live in this country if it becomes a war zone. Change needs to happen immediately. Today I am feeling a little more hopeful that this change is going to happen.

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Your thoughts always bring a smile to my face. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave them.