(This is a cross-post from my tumblr blog. Given the nature of this post (and this fucking day) this post is relevant no matter where it pops up).
I can’t even begin to fathom what it would be like to wonder if one of my kids caught a bullet because someone had designs to walk into my children’s school one day and open fire.
Yes, as a Nation we need to rethink our priorities when it comes to gun control. But to take fire arms away from the public entirely? That’s just foolish. We tried that with alcohol, remember? Didn’t turn out too well. Tried that with Weed as well. Now there are States in the Union where it’s legal to possess.
We’re missing the bigger picture, though.
Gun control is only part of the picture. And at that, it’s a very small, fucking part of it. Mental health care is also a small part of it.
There are those who would argue that mental health care is A LARGE part of it and on some instances I would be inclined to agree with them. But guess what? Not in this instance! I recently completed a project for a client regarding health care policy. In short: Successful health care policies make it to the next round and even get passed based on wording. What does that mean? It means that if the policy essentially shows that everybody wins (with the Government winning the most, of course) then it will make it to the next round. Unethical? You betcha!
Better parenting is what needs to be focused on.
I’m not speaking with regards to the Lanza’s. Anyone who is, is being presumptuous, and well.. A dick. There son was obviously disturbed. That’s all that we know. That’s all that we are going to know for some time.
So, how do we do it? How do we become (or maintain being) better parents for our children?
Get up, right now and go be with your kids. Not an option? Appreciate them a little more the next time you see them.