I promised myself I would write more upbeat, happy essays. After all, life is too short to wallow in sadness. And I did claim this blog was mostly about the amusing things in life with only an occasional dose of seriosity.
But then I turn on the news and see the funerals of little children.
Local news is no better. If they are not covering the national tragedy in
they are reporting on local violence and threats to schools in Jefferson and other
counties in .
Meanwhile, the front page headline of
Louisville’s Courier Journal proclaims
drastic budget cuts in
to school safety. A Kentucky Kentucky state
representative is quoted as saying we “need to study” what happened in before we
think about putting more money into school safety. Connecticut
We aren’t back in the 1700’s, which incidentally is when the Second Amendment was adopted, and when stagecoaches and the Pony Express carried the news. Don’t we already know what happened?
A young male with easy access to military style weaponry shot his way into a locked school and massacred little children. Back in the 1700’s I suppose we would have called out the
Calvary and blamed the Indians for rampaging. Maybe we would
have evacuated families with children to a fort.
In the New York Times an architect writes about how we should “harden” our schools like we have done for airplane cockpits to keep the crazies with guns out. Or maybe we should just make schools, movie theaters, churches, mosques, and shopping malls into fortresses, along with anywhere else a crazy person with legally-purchased automatic or semiautomatic weaponry and accoutrements might go. That would take a lot more money and for more than just school safety.