I have the unfortunate quality of feeling things really deeply. Instead of saying or thinking “oh, that’s sad” and moving on with my life I let whatever The Bad is consume me. It’s something I have been working on but after the events in Newtown, Connecticut, I cannot shake this feeling of dread. It’s that a person who was clearly depressed and had mental health issues - as evidenced by his Twitter postings - needed help and was unable to get the help he deserved.
It could be remembering being a child when the at the time of the Oklahoma city boming and I recall reading and hearing about the bombing and how the children in that day care center perished. I remember walking up to my mother’s room while she was watching the 11 o’clock news and asking if I, too, would die from decapitation. And I remember the difficulty of the conversation my mother had to have with her then 10 year old daughter.
It could be living in Washington during the fall of 2002 when two snipers terrorized the city.
And it could be the thought that schools are supposed to be a safe place, a first grade classroom full of primary colors, and that isn’t the case.
All of these things compounded in my mind make my already sensitive soul that much more delicate.
Over at Change in Action I wrote about the reality of the need for Congress to take a stand on how guns are sold and how ammunition is available to the public. I wrote it because unfortunately we need to be realistic when it comes to getting meaningful legislation passed. That doesn’t mean that it can’t or shouldn’t happen it just means that there is that much more work that needs to be done and this - passing effective legislation - is something that we all need to contribute to. As the uncle of Noah Pozner, a six year old killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School said, this isn’t just a political issue, it’s a human issue.