Monday, December 17, 2012

The Bad Grandma

William came and spent the night Saturday. We made a Christmas present for his mommy and daddy. Who knew that getting his hands messy was going to be so traumatic?

The events at Sandy Hook cast a pall over everything, I think. I looked at those little faces and I cried. I looked at my little grandson's face, and I thought, "What if..." and I got teary eyed again, considering the unthinkable.

It's time for this country to sit down and talk. Unfortunately, we are not very good at talking. I forsee hard times ahead.


Anonymous said...

I did the same thing, Mom. In the wake of this, that's all I could think about. But for the grace of God... all those poor parents. It's a scary thing, to be slapped in the face with the fact that my child could be taken away from me at any time. So I hugged him a little tighter, kissed him a little bit more, and made my peace with it. That's all we can do, really.

Love, Brianna

Bob said...

We can do more. We must do more.

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quid said...

I think we're going to get somewhere, this time. A ban on the automatics and maybe those hefty loading devices (lots of bullets kill more people). Perhaps also we can find away NOT to sell the ammunition that stays in the body and creates more damage.

Ya think?

Not sure what we'll do to increase mental health services tho. We could sure use a strategy.


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Bob Barbanes: said...

Talk? Talk about what?

People talk about restricting "automatic weapons" but they're already illegal.

People talk about limiting magazine/clip capacity, but what difference would it have made if that Lanza kid carried four semi-automatic pistols containing 10-round easily-changeable magazines? (In fact, at the close range at which he was shooting, his choice of the Bushmaster/AR-15 was illogical. A pistol would have been just as effective.)

People talk about limiting ammunition to the kind that doesn't stay in the body. Oh? I guess they've never seen the result of a hollowpoint bullet on a human body: It makes a small hole going in and a BIG hole coming out. Check that - it's not something you ever want to see.

So what do we want to "talk" about?

Eliminating guns altogether? Because while some people believe this is possible (it isn't), some people also believe it would stop events like "Newtown, Connecticut" from happening (it won't).

As long as we allow guns to be owned by law-abiding citizens, they will be stolen and used for mayhem. Adam Lanza did not own the guns he used in his rampage. Columbine's Klebold and Harris got theirs illegally and their supplier went to jail for it.

What MORE is there to talk about?

As a nation, we've allowed this to happen from the very beginning. We did not use brickbats and sticks to wrestle this country from the British. And, a little more recently we saw the results of what happened in a little country called Germany when a crazy person decided to take over: He collected up all the guns! And guess what, the military went along with him! Never happen here though, right?

I'm as horrified as anyone by what happened in Connecticut last week. If there's any talking to be done, I wish it could be with that kid's idiot mother. Sadly, it's too late for that now. But apparently she was just as clueless as the parents of those crazy kids in Columbine. The four of them very clearly were disconnected from and out of touch with their extremely troubled teenage sons. I'm sure they went through their own personal hell afterward. But we sure have seemed to learn nothing about parenting in the years since. Maybe THAT is what we need to talk about.