I have seen a lot of bad shit in my lifetime; Charles Manson Murders, Jim Jones Massacre, David Koresh, 9/11, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora Theater, Oregon Mall and countless others. Living in Baltimore someone is murdered everyday either intentionally or in the crossfire. Yeah I have seen a lot of bad shit but nothing like the events that occurred yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
27 people, 7 adults and 20 children ages 6-7 lost their lives this day. Families that should be celebrating the holidays will now be planning funerals. Gifts will remain unopened under the tree. Stockings will remain unfilled. Holiday treats will go uneaten. There will be an empty chair at the family dinner table. There will be an empty desk in the classroom. Most of all there will be a hole in the hearts of the families that have lost a loved one, a hole in the hearts of the community and a hole in the hearts of the nation.
Everyone has their own opinion (being expressed very strongly on social media outlets) on how to solve this crisis that has become an all too common occurrence:
Stricter Gun Control
Increased School Security
Mental Health Care and Awareness
Reduction in the Unemployment Rate
Reduction in Media Sensationalism
Allowing God in the Classroom
Hell I don’t know what the answer is but I do know the question that is on the minds of everyone in the nation this day. The question simply is – Why?