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Tragedy in San Bernadino

Thursday, December 03, 2015

I was watching General Hospital yesterday when ABC broke in with "breaking news". My first thought was "what now" - it seems ABC is ALWAYS breaking in to General Hospital, my one hour of the day to just forget about my life while I focus on those people who have been with me for well over 40 years now (Silly, I know)!

So I changed the channel to CBS - they rarely break in unless it's something really important. They were sharing "breaking news" as well. I decided to listen in and became more and more troubled as I watched, until I couldn't watch any longer.

I have lived for many years. I remember the turbulence of the 60's, the horror of the Vietnam War and all the friends I lost over there, the sheer terror I felt on 9/11 when all my children were scattered all over the country and I wasn't able to reach any one of them. But this mass shooting thing has finally taken it's toll. It seems to be ongoing - it's not just one event that we can recover from. On the news this morning I heard that were 355 mass shootings (4 or more people shot) so far in 2015 - and there have only been 336 days so far. There are now videos being made to teach people how to respond in an "active shooter" situation. Police Departments are have "active shooter" drills in many major cities across the US. It somehow reminds me of the air-raid drills we had when I was in grade school - everyone being ushered out into the hallways by our teachers so we could get down on our knees and put our hands over our heads. Not really sure how that would have helped us if, indeed, we were ever bombed - but somehow it made the young me feel a bit safer.

I'm not really sure I feel safe anymore. Our President says we can't let fear change our actions or behaviors. So I guess I will continue to work out every day and play with Daisy and go shopping when I need groceries. I will continue to focus on what's important in my life and pray that our leaders will be able to solve this problem.

Sorry for being a bit down this morning - I am just so very sad!
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    1630 days ago
    I found your blog through a friend's feed.
    We live near Virginia Tech. Our 3 children and 2 SILs are graduates.

    On one of our recent visits to Europe I was explaining to people where we lived and that it was near the tragic school mass murder. They replied "WHICH ONE?"

    How horrible that we are known as the country of so many mass murders.

    I pray that rational voices will prevail.
    1632 days ago
    You have every right to be sad and worried. We MUST do something as a country--and a young friend of mine (late 20s) wrote that we need to take a stand against violence. So--if you see violence--SAY SOMETHING (if you can do so safely). We need to make violence WRONG--not just accept it. We do need to be safe about it but we need to use the same technique as we teach kids to stop bullying!!
    1635 days ago
    It is so terribly sad and so, so senseless - something has to be done!

    Any I am a GH fan - have been watching for about 32 years...... sometimes I have gone for years not watching it, but then get right back into it......
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    1635 days ago
    It is so sad that people find the need to kill people at all. It is like more people are dying at the hands of mass murders then they are at war

    I just heard there was another shooting today in Savannah which is so sad.
    1636 days ago
    This is so heartbreaking. I spent some time with my Daughter last night, and we had not even heard of this tragedy, and she was telling me that this era and her generation had no hope. I explained to her that when I was 7 years old, our President was assassinated, and I remember it like it was yesterday. Then we lost his brother, Bobby, then Martin Luther King, and then we were in a terrible useless war, that tore the fabric of this country apart.

    I told her that there was tragedy every day in every life, and if we REALLY looked at it, we could have deep compassion, but we could also realized that it does not effect us personally. 99% of us will hear this news on TV and feel horror and hatred for anyone who would do such a thing, but it rarely personally impacts us.

    The thing we need to do, is to have MORE compassion. To realize that guns in the hands of crazies is just that, CRAZY. We need to fix some things so you are not interrupted during the day with this kind of anguish.

    I hope that we can do just that. I also hope you are OK.

    I am NEVER going to give up hope.

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