This is not a gun control thread. Take your second amendment arguments elsewhere. This is about something different. If you are unable to make the
distinction between what I am about to say and rabid, vitriolic, visceral gun control arguments, this most certainly is not the place to be.
Yesterday 26 families had their lives ruined in the most shocking, disturbing and cruel way.
26 families don't have a loved one anymore, 20 of those families have lost children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. As I read elsewhere, its
likely that 20 sets of parents will be looking under a Christmas tree this morning and seeing presents meant for people that will never, ever be
Those people didn't get any respect yesterday. What they got was a feeding frenzy of a media that is too intent on extracting information at all costs
and self-centered people arguing madly about guns and gun control.
I watched TV interviewers talking to 5 and 6 year old kids about their experiences in the school. Shoving a microphone under the nose of a child to
get the latest "scoop".
I saw a President make a difficult speech, only to have to rammed back down his throat by people who just want to accuse him or his government of
setting the event up to further their political aims.
I saw law enforcement professionals and medical professional doing an astounding job, trying to make sense out of chaos and - as the first responders
on the scene putting their lives on the line to protect others.
What I didn't see - with rare exceptions - was anyone actually thinking of the families, or of the people who responded.
No one seems to want to take the time to show a little tact, diplomacy or respect any more.
Have we really gone that far?
20 kids dead and we're shoving microphones under the noses of 6 year olds and asking them what they saw?
26 people dead by an active shooter and the most important thought in someones head is "they're coming to take my
26 people dead and the press are hounding the police, parents, medical responders and kids to get that little bit "extra", that last "tidbit" of
information that ultimately becomes a 15 second mention (if its used at all).
What happened folks?
What happened to class, tact and diplomacy? Have we gone too far down the line that we're on the verge of losing our humanity just to self serve our
own intrerests in the fish-bowl "need to know, need it right this second" world we've created?
Isn't it about time people just stopped and thought about things a little?
Your comments and thoughts are appreciated, but please note what I said above. This thread is about the human condition, not about gun control. Take
ETA, there will be a full minutes silence on ATS Live tonight to honour the dead from Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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