We witness these events, and at first glance, just like a trained first responder, we take a tactical breath. This step is necessary to our future productivity, heck, maybe our survival. But what comes next? This is where we all divide. Some of us cry, call our friends, mourn the unimaginable loss, cling to our children, or offer insight into solutions. We all handle extreme situations in our own way.
After the loss of 20 young angels in Connecticut and their adult defenders, I have witnessed the wide chasm among friends. Some blame it on God’s removal from schools, not enough gun control, too much gun control, the existence of “gun free” zones, the need for a ban on assault weapons, or violent video games. What I do know is the current system is not working. We need to channel this emotion, anger, and frustration and find a solution that will combat school, mall, and other shootings in public places.
So in the next few weeks, be patient as friends vent, listen, offer constructive criticism, organize your thoughts, educate yourself on the problems and the solutions, use logic and common sense, and let’s solve this problem!