Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013 8:36:18 PM
I remember the feeling of my heart’s freefall into my stomach when my father said, "There was a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.” I was suddenly ill and the feeling would not dissipate for days, if not weeks. As more details surfaced and the reality began to set in I grew increasingly unsettled. Seeing people laughing and going about normal life seemed insane, insensitive even. I recall feeling relatively foolish for being so distraught since I hadn't known any of the persons involved, but as I listened to the radio and the news I knew I was not alone. The actions of this one man had temporarily wounded, if not completely shattered, the hearts of a nation. The media circus would arrive in Newtown and soon after the shock began to wear off people wanted to point fingers because, as written in To Kill a Mockingbird, "It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason." People would say video games, gun laws, and mental health were at fault. In the following weeks it seemed the nation had regained the wild energy seen during the presidential election as, quite suddenly, everyone was a politician and everyone had a solution. This tragic event would ignite debates about gun laws and strike fear into the hearts of parents and students everywhere. Then the threats began, I watched in horror as one school after another went on lockdown after receiving violent threats. I can explain first hand the extreme sensation of fear one experiences when this happens, as my school spent two days that week on lockout after threats made on social media forums, similar to other schools in the tri-state area. Countless students in my school did not attend those two days of school. Some said that it was just a joke and others were not taking any chances. One thing everyone had in common was a general uneasiness those two days as we walked the halls cautiously and locked doors during classes. Then, as if the death of children in Newtown and the fear of children everywhere else wasn't enough people began to say that the whole event was a government conspiracy to pass gun laws. That’s utterly disgusting. How could anyone disrespect the families of those who died like that? Now, where do we go from here? My question is why did we wait so long? This is not the first massacre. What is the message from our people? “Kill everyone else, that's fine. Mess with our kids, now it's a problem”? In my opinion it’s necessary for all parties of government to adjoin and find a comparable solution because it is plausible to think that no one would want to see this happen again. I'm sick of the blame game; I just want a sense of safety again. The reality is there is no one thing that has created this epidemic and therefore there is no one solution but, something has to be done.