On 12/14/2012 a young man aged 20 killed his mother. He then stole her car and drove to a nearby elementary school and killed 20 children and 6 adults and then himself. These children were 6 and 7 years old. Children who have not lost their baby teeth yet, who were just learning to read with ease, and tying their shoes by themselves with great pride are now, dead. And why? Will we ever know why?
What makes a young man so angry. Angry at total strangers that are just starting out life. Over the years we have experienced more and more of these mass shootings. We see them at schools, movie theaters, malls, and places of employment... you never feel safe. I am so thankful my sons are home with me every day and I never have to worry about sending them off on a bus never to see them again. I do however have to live life, go to the store, the library, museums, and other public places. I am always watching for the exits, places to hide, and counting the people in the room. What has become of us?
There is something happening in the brains of our children that is creating the epidemic of violence, rage, hate, and disconnect with humanity. Some say its video games, the internet, TV, the music, or all of the above. Could it be the lack of the family unit in today's youth or could it be the lack of attention children feel they are given? Maybe it is the food we eat, the medicines we are all taking or the water we consume. There are those who believe these are all factors.
Whatever it is we need to find its source and stomp it out. It needs to be destroyed before it destroys us. Banning guns, making schools resemble prisons, and having stricter policies in place will not stop these things from happening. The only way to stop these things is to fix the wound that is in the hearts of the people. Fix this aliment and not mask it with a aspirin. Humanity is sick and its crying for a cure.