Opine I will

I am an elementary school teacher just trying to do the right thing


I’ve been shaken to the core thinking about those precious innocents and their last moments while teachers struggled to protect them with their last breath.

In the name of these sweet children, we must address the serious issues that face this nation.
Yesterday, I posted on Twitter ~ In the name of these innocent children.. we need strict gun control. to hell with the NRA~ over and over again. I was at a loss for words so I just continued to post it over and over and over again.

I couldn’t believe the hate I received in return!

More evidence we need to address the serious societal issues our nation is facing,
Mental health- many posted yesterday that it was easier to get a gun than it was to get mental health services
Gun control- we need serious campaign finance rules to neutralize the power of the NRA

We often make calls to child protective services, we try to get kids the help they need with health, and mental issues, we try to identify the risks, we work on safety drills, we work day in and day out to create a safe and secure environment for the children we love and teach. Yet evil find it’s way in to our safe havens.

Sometime we can’t stop evil, yet we mustn’t ignore the things we can do to deter it. Gun control, mental health services must be thrust to the top of our nations agenda.

Enough of the blaming teachers and schools for our nations woes. It’s time for drastic action. It’s time to stand our ground and demand accountability for those truly responsible for this horrible tragedy.

I hold the NRA responsible
I hold every one of our elected official who accepted campaign donations from the NRA responsible
I hold every elected official who ever voted or blocked gun control responsible
I hold every elected official who refused to stand up and push for gun control legislation responsible
I hold those who limit mental health services responsible
I hold those elected officials continue to block legislation that expands mental health services responsible
I hold gun manufacturers and gun shop owners responsible
I hold those who produce ammunition responsible
I hold those evil people who sent me hate messages defending gun owner rights responsible
I hold the ignorant defenders of the second amendment responsible

And if we don’t stand up and do whatever we can to prevent this from ever happening again, I will hold us responsible as well.

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9 thoughts on “Tears

  1. our national infatuation with guns has now taken 20 innocent lives. our chdren. a national tragedy and a national shame. gun control and mental health services need to be addressed NOW!!!!!!!

  2. OldQuote on said:

    That’s like going after the get away car and ignoring the criminal.
    Gun free zones are killing fields – there is no way to provide defense.
    Look at the multitudes of guns being used defensively and it is just a short story, one bad guy dead. Then look at the few gun free zone killings, and it becomes obvious that guns should be required equipment to defend the public against the lunatics.

  3. Tchrpeg on said:

    Two of my kids were in the mental hospital revolving door this month (that I know of. ) I support them. I believe them, but I wonder how similar the shooter’s experience was to theirs? And how much better an outcome they will have?

  4. I don’t remember ever reading anything about “good guys” using their right to have guns to defend the innocent, ever. Instead every day I read about gang wars, I read about innocent children being caught in the crossfire, I read about vigilantes and lunatics who have gained access to weapons, legally or illegally, using those weapons to harm the innocent. Every single one of those teachers and administrators at Newtown are heroes, and they sure as hell didn’t need guns to do it, but take away access to those guns and every single one of those heroes is home with their families today.

  5. Novlette on said:

    Guns are so unneccessary. To prevent a tragedy like this being repeated we need to keep them out of the hands of children and adult students, support students with mental and emotional issues. We need to teach acceptance and love; we must help the child who is being bullied or whose paents are getting a divorce or whose father/mother just died; we need to integrate the loners with the rest of the class and help those who are falling behind to catch up, give each child a place to excel … it is challenging – it is not impossible.

    We cannot afford to have angry disturbed children. Remember 16 YO Brenda who shot up the school from her house? Her reason? “I hate Mondays.” Her other reason? Her father gave her a rifle for Christmas. She wanted to use the rifle and the childen were like sitting ducks.

    Schools now need to introduce a gentler culture to balance the violent- pro gun culture in many homes. To help them to see that a firemarm is not a sign of strength. It is more often a sign of weakness and fear. A gun is a prop for the weak.

  6. There are two things we need to do in schools moving forward that we are not doing now.
    We must (1) teach #peace in schools. We must directly, explicitly teach peace. Telling a child what not to do (ie. bully) does not help the situation. Teaching, talking about, drawing about, writing about and exploring the idea of peace does help.
    We also (2) must “arm” our schools with adequate social workers and counselors. Our schools are so understaffed in these areas.

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