The events in Newtown, CT are very tragic and yet the shootings and deaths were just hours old when the blame game began. We seem to have a need to assign blame as a way to move on when crisis strikes but I would like to propose a different take on things.
I think we begin in our homes and families. You can complain all you want about the violence in movies and TV but you the parents are responsible for how much of that violence you allow into your home. You also control the movies your children see. Let’s not forget the video and computer games you purchase for your children. Again, where is the violence filter in your home?
Now everyone is turning to God and going to Church for comfort with their families but wait and see in a few weeks, just like after Sept. 11th the Churches will empty out again. Why is it we only seem to turn to God, His Churches and clergy when we are in a crisis?
Then there are those brave teachers that are rightfully being honored for laying their lives down for their students. Everyone is praising them and rightfully so but that’s not the attitude that many in this country have for those in the teaching profession. Parents are very quick to criticize their child’s teacher and right in front of their children, even questioning homework assignments and other classroom activities. So too the praising of the teaching profession will also fade in a few weeks time.
Also the talk about attacking the second amendment, our right to bear arms. Let’s stop and think for a minute. All those who currently own guns legally, are they kept in a safe place under lock and key? If not, then why not? Yes some guns like high powered assault weapons should be banned from average citizens and used only by law enforcement and the military. Think about it, when was the last time you heard a deer hunter using an assault multi-clip rifle? Ammunition by mail order; isn’t that ridiculous?
So as we are trying to figure out why this young man did what he did and the media will continue to press for answers, let’s see what improvements we can make in our own homes and in our neighborhoods. Let’s turn off the violence and tune into spending more quality time with our children and loved ones.