Before I acknowledge the obvious changes that have taken place on the blog (thanks Jenny!) and some changes that have taken place in my own life… I think it is only appropriate to discuss the tragedy that took place last week in Newtown, CT and the changes that I HOPE it will spark within our country.
No words can really be said to make up for the lives that were lost at the hands of Adam Lanza last Friday morning. A senseless act against innocent lives that seems to be occurring all to often in our society as of late. I don’t want to get into the politics or heated debates that can arise in regards to this occurrence because frankly I think its pretty sickening that people use tragedy as a means to accomplish their own political agendas and project their ideals. Without getting too much into it, I can only hope that this loss of innocent life will make people think more about how important proper access to mental health care is. This is not about guns, this is not about violent video games, this is about getting people the help they need so that can deal with life and channel their inner anguish differently. Incidents like this are a cry for help…unfortunately they happen far to late for anyone to do anything. I’ll leave you with these comments from Morgan Freeman…they pretty much sum up my thoughts on the whole situation. Keep the victims in your hearts friends…let’s not give the killer anymore attention.
Morgan Freeman’s brilliant take on what happened yesterday:
“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.
people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.
CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.
You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”
PS: Last day to enter my Holiday giveaway!!!