Today parents may be more grateful than normal that their children have come home today safe from school.
A massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Connecticut, with 20 school children, the principal, and 5 other adults including the shooter. Other family victims feared as well, with the mother of the gunman killed.
22 school children attacked by a man wielding a knife outside a primary school in the village of Chengping, in Henan province.
The photo above comes from the deceased Principal’s twitter account @DHochsprung, of 4th grade pupils practising for their winter concert. Reading her tweets she wanted to encourage children to read as much as humanly possible, to be instilled with life long learning, and to be kind. For teachers to discuss how to be professional in how they went about their duties was for her a great thing to see before the new school year started in the car park.
No doubt there will be lots of people using these stories to make their own points. Gun control. Godless society. That there is no god. That human nature is evil. That this is just too much to bear. That in the darkest hour a community can come together. More armed security. Better mental health care in the community.
Right now I’m only going to make this observation. The festive season is upon us, a time family and friends get together to celebrate life and hope for the coming year. Take time to enjoy each others company.
Take a moment to reflect on those that unfortunately cannot be with us to do so. And those children that will not be enjoying this time of year opening presents, playing games.
Then resolve that though with all the love in the world, all that we hold dear, the principles we cherish, we still cannot keep all safe from harm and the evil that exists in this world. We shall nonetheless resolve to take seriously the effort to make this world a better place.
Not giving in to despair. Or those that would say we cannot make a difference.
UPDATE: 14/12 23:55 GMT
Reason I mentioned both stories, and noted caution about using for our own conclusions, is people making the link between gun killing more children than the knife attack in China, and that the incident should be used to spur on gun control. Should have placed money on Michael Moore saying that.
I have no problem with gun control. However, laws need to be drafted effectively which actually work rather than reform riding on an emotional wave of chest beating. Because what usually happens then is a knee jerk reaction by legislators designed to be popular. Not effective.
So do not just ask for gun control. Be specific about what is actually needed. President Obama talks about “meaningful action” in the days that follow.
Hold him to that.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog