I would like to start by saying that these are my personal thoughts. I am putting them into the cyberverse and because of that you can and will read them, and then judge me by them. I am more than willing to accept that all I ask is that you respect my opinion and be civil as I would for you.
Those little angels and their protective adult angels have touched us all in one way or another. It was a situation that should never have happened and one that no parent should ever have to go through. Watching the news, as a parent, all I wanted was my children near me. As an adult who has had a gun pointed at me and then watched two of my friends get shot, one of which died over a really stupid reason, all I see is senselessness in these situations.
I have never owned a gun and just went with my uncle and children to a shooting range for the first time in my life less than two months ago. When the shooting that I become a victim of attempted murder in I lived in Phoenix. I now live in Dallas and this is a city/state where Groupons are common for gun classes and registrations. The city where if my child hops someone’s fence he can be shot legally.
I do not think this was just a gun control issue, a mental health issue, or a parenting issue but instead all the above. Do I think all guns should be banned? No! I don’t think there is any realistic way to keep guns out of the hands of people who really want to get them. I think the requirements to get guns should be more stringent and training should be more intense. I think any gun dealer who has sold a gun while violating gun laws should not get a fine but instead be closed permanently. I think that all gun owners should also be required to purchase gun lockers or lock boxes.
I do not own a gun or have any plans to get one and this is because of another reason. I have a mentally challenged brother who often goes through other people’s things and takes them without any one even knowing more than half the time. I don’t feel it is any way safe or responsible for me to have guns in my house under those circumstances. I think that is my parenting issue. I have done the primary raising of my brother since I was 13 years old and have raised as one of my own kids. Here we are 26 years later and I’m still doing it. Any decisions I make about the safety of my family has to take into consideration his mentally ability as well as the mental maturity of my children.
I think that there are many things that need to happen to stop these sad situations but it won’t happen overnight and it won’t happen by just addressing one of the issues instead of all of them.
I also have some opinions on the soldier who posted guard outside of the school. I understand and appreciate what he did but as a former military brat, daughter, granddaughter, family member, and girlfriend of veterans and currently enlisted military servicemen/women. As enlisted military though there are certain very specific rules and protocols that are not changed no matter what and unfortunately that soldier knew that when he went out in his dessert camos to stand guard in a public place. I regret what he is going through but I also know he had an idea of what might happen.
Remember the victims not the perpetrators.
I always buy my tickets for my trip in February or March because I don’t have a lot of extra money and use my tax returns. Now I never fail to do this and the same is true this year. I usually always travel American Airlines but Orbitz and Expedia don’t offer tickets for them anymore. When I picked my tickets I chose by price and layover times. There was a 31 minute layover each way and I was perfectly okay with that. Then I got an email from Orbitz that my itinerary had changed and it was now 31 minutes going and 41 coming back, I was still okay with that. And wait I got another email that it had changed again and guess what it’s still 31 minutes going but now 2 hours and 22 minutes coming back. I’m pissed, really pissed. If I wanted to spend 2 hours in a place where I don’t know anyone I would have chosen a flight where I could spend 2 hours alone in a terminal I haven’t seen since I was 11. I go online to see my cancellation options with Orbitz and read that I will have to cancel both my flight and car; I further read that I will have to forfeit my whole airline fare. WT…okay caught myself there. If it was just a cancellation fee I would have cancelled on the spot but I can’t afford to just lose 300 hundred dollars. I am stuck with this ticket but as i said I will never again travel United Airlines. At least if I was Traveling Southwest with their very long layovers I would get to take my luggage for free.
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