Once again, we are confronted with a horrible tragedy, a thousand questions, and absolutely no rhyme or reason for its occurrence. This one is worse than earlier tragedies because the victims were children under the age of 10.
It's completely unnatural. It makes no sense. And the killer committed suicide when it was over, preventing the world from ever knowing the real answers.
Every parent in America felt their whole world stop when this story broke. How could they not? Our children are expected to outlive us, not to have their lives tragically cut short by someone who didn't take his meds.
Gun control? Maybe. We do have a Second Amendment, but there has to be a way to make sure that those rights can only be exercised by people who know how to handle firearms safely, and not by criminals or the mentally ill?
The mentally ill? If they can't be trusted to take their medication when needed, they need to be restrained.
Schools? Apparently we now need Columbine-style security at all levels of education, sad but true.
However, with all due respect to the memory of the 26 children and adults who died Friday, and their families, we will learn from this and move on, somewhat more jaded and cynical, but wiser. If we have to take even more steps to protect children, to the extent we might smother them, and to restrain the mentally ill, to the point that we suffocate them, and pass even more anti-gun laws, none of which will prevent murders like this from happening, then it's a price we'll have to pay. It's a senseless world we live in, and the response may ultimately prove equally senseless, and somewhat depressing.
There's just gotta be a better way . . . .