I’m the sort of person who thinks a lot — probably too much for my own good. I contemplate why we’re all here. What will happen after we’re gone? What is this?
However, those are questions without answers. There are those questions I ask that have answers. Should I vaccinate my children? (I now know I probably should.) Send them to a private school? Home school? I am only 19 years old and have a long time until I’m a mother, but I still think of these things now.
I think about them constantly actually. I’m sure anyone reading my blog has read about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. For those oblivious to the world, check this out. Twenty children dead. Excuse me. Twenty babies dead, as Kevin Powell wrote. An elementary school is supposed to be a place where our children go to learn and grow. A place where parents expect their children to be safe, comforted by the warm words of their teachers and friends.
Just like the Aurora shooting ruined the comfort of movie theaters, this has ruined the comfort of elementary schools. This isn’t the first school shooting. Columbine brought tragedy among America, followed by the Virginia Tech massacre, which tops the list for the number of people killed. Yet this is the first shooting of children ages six and seven.
This frightens me. Frightens is actually an understatement.
I want to be a parent one day. I want to raise children. They may come from my uterus or an orphanage. I haven’t figured the logistics, but there is one thing I do know. I want kids one day.
But I don’t want to bring them into a country where these happen. President Obama, what are you going to do about this? This country needs change, and Allison Benedikt isn’t scared to confront our president in her column.
I don’t think I could’ve portrayed that message better myself. Our president cries at a podium, and tears are cool. But what is he planning to do? Guns are treated like toys in this country. They’re as easy to purchase as a toy. Benedikt goes on to explain the time is now. The time is now to discuss what this country plans to do because students shouldn’t be afraid for their life when they’re learning to read or write. They should be focused on just that.
I’m upset. I’m angry.
Too many people have died thus far. And now, it’s children.
I have more things to think about now. And more reasons to think about them.