|Posted on December 19, 2012 at 2:50 AM||comments (0)|
December 19, 2012
In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticuit, I thought I would re-post an essay that I wrote on October 16, 2007. I wrote the essay out of the frustration I felt about all of the school shootings that had occurred up to that point and the seeming lack of interest on the part of lawmakers or parents to advocate on behalf of safety in our schools.
The Right to Bear Arms is in the Constitution. I do not believe that the right will go anywhere anytime soon; however, modificaitons and regulations can and should be placed upon gun owners, especially regulation in regard to access of the firearms and as well as taking semiautomatic military weapons off the market. Your Right to Bear Arms is not going to be taken away; however, your right should be regulated. Why did all these children have to needlessly die over the years because some suits in Washington didn't want to anger the NRA or its lobbyists back when Columbine happened? I guess the massacres have to just keep getting bigger and bigger to satisfy the media's desire for a juicy story and now killers try and top one another with a more grand and destructive plan each time. Currently, new regulation legislation is non-existent. If something isn't done, we all will have blood on our hands for not ensuring the protection of our children.
Oct 16, 2007 Our Schools Are NOT Safe Enough........ Current mood:shocked
WE NEED TO WAKE UP AROUND THE WORLD!
As many of you may realize, school shootings have been on the rise now for over ten years. What you may not realize is that many of our schools are unable to secure enough money to fund security or to improve their current security systems and protocols.
My Mom sent me this email…..She was enraged at how many school shootings there have been over the last twelve years! I read the email and of course, I agreed. However, I noticed that there was a recent shooting missing from the list. I decided to add it. When I went to research the shooting, guess how many shootings I had to add to the growing list? Read on.
It used to be in school we did fire drills, now kids do terror drills………
The Original List (given to me by my Mom)
1. Moses Lake , Washington 2/2/96
2. Bethel , Alaska 2/19/97
3. Pearl , Mississippi 10/1/97
4. West Paducah , Kentucky 12/1/97
5. Stamp, Arkansas 12/15/97
6. Jonesboro , Arkansas 3/24/98
7. Edinboro , Pennsylvania 4/24/98
8. Fayetteville , Tennessee 5/19/98
9. Springfield , Oregon 5/21/98
10. Richmond , Virginia 6/15/98
11. Littleton , Colorado 4/20/99
12. Taber , Alberta , Canada 5/28/99
13. Conyers , Georgia 5/20/99
14. Deming , New Mexico 11/19/99
15. Fort Gibson , Oklahoma 12/6/99
16. Santee , California 3/05/01 and
17. El Cajon , California 3/22/01
(This is the list of additonal shootings I found after she emailed me the list above):
1.) Feb. 2, 1996 - A 14-year-old boy wore a trench coat and walked into algebra class with a hunting rifle and opened fire, killing the teacher and two students. A third student was injured during the shooting at a junior high school in Moses Lake, Washington.
2.) Feb. 19, 1997 - A 16-year-old student opened fire with a shotgun in a common area at the Bethel, Alaska, high school, killing the principal and a student. Two other students were wounded. Authorities later accused two other students of knowing the shootings would take place. Evan Ramsey was sentenced to two 99-year terms.
3.) Oct. 1, 1997A 16-year-old outcast in Pearl, Mississippi, was accused of killing his mother, then going to Pearl High School and shooting nine students. Two of them died, including the suspect's ex-girlfriend. The 16-year-old was sentenced to life in prison. Two others await trial on accessory charges.
4.) Dec. 1, 1997 - Three students were killed and five others were wounded while they took part in a prayer circle in a hallway at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky. A 14-year-old student pleaded guilty, but mentally ill to murder and is serving life in prison. One of the wounded girls was left paralyzed.
5.) March 24, 1998 - Four girls and a teacher were shot to death and 10 others were wounded during a false fire alarm at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas., when two boys, ages 11 and 13, opened fire from the woods. Both were convicted in juvenile court of murder and can be held up to age 21.
6.) April 24, 1998 - A 48-year-old science teacher was shot to death in front of students at graduation dance in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. A 14-year-old student at James W. Parker Middle School is charged.
7.) April 28, 1998 - Two teenage boys are shot to death and a third is wounded as they played basketball at a California, elementary school hours after classes had ended. A 14-year-old boy is charged; the shooting is blamed on rivalry between two groups of youths.
8.) May 19, 1998 - Three days before his graduation, an 18-year-old honor student allegedly opened fire in a parking lot at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tennessee, killing a classmate who was dating his ex-girlfriend.
9.) May 19, 1998 - Two boys were suspended from school in Johnston, Rhode Island, after being accused of writing and handing out threatening notes to classmates. The notes said things such as, "All your friends are dead." The boys were ordered to remain out of school until they had been evaluated to determine whether or not they are dangerous.
10.) May 21, 1998 - A 15-year-old girl is shot and wounded at a suburban Houston high school in Houston, Texas, when a gun in the backpack of a 17-year-old classmate goes off in a biology class. The boy is charged with a third-degree felony for taking a gun to school.
11.) May 21, 1998A 15-year-old boy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Onalaska, Washington. Earlier in the day, the boy boarded a high school bus with a gun in hand, ordered his girlfriend off the bus and took her to his home, where he shot himself
12.) May 21, 1998 - Three sixth-grade boys had a hit list and were plotting to kill fellow classmates on the last day of school in a sniper attack during a false fire alarm, police in St. Charles, Missouri, say.
13.) May 21, 1998 - A 15-year-old student in Springfield, Oregon, was expelled the day before for bringing a gun to school, and allegedly opened fire in the school cafeteria. Two students were killed. The suspect's parents were later found shot dead in their home.
14.) June 15, 1998 - A male teacher and a female guidance counselor are shot in a hallway at a Richmond, Va., high school. The man suffers an injury to the abdomen that wasn't life threatening; the woman is reportedly grazed.
15.) April 20, 1999 - Two young men wore long, black trench coats and opened fire in a suburban high school in Littleton, Colorado, injuring as many as 20 students. In all, 15 were killed, including the two gunmen at Columbine High School.
16.) May 20, 1999 - A student opened fire at Heritage High School, near Conyers, Ga., a town east of Atlanta, a month after the April 20 slaughter at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. There are no life-threatening injuries but six schoolmates were injured. The student suspect was quickly taken into custody.
17.) February 29, 2000 - In Mt. Morris Township, Michigan, 6 year old Kayla Rolland was shot dead at Buell Elementary School near Flint, Michigan. The assailant was identified as a 6 year old boy with a .32-caliber handgun.
18.) March 2000 - In Branneburg, Germany, a teacher was killed by a 15 year old student, who then shot himself.
19.) March 10, 2000 - Two students were killed by Darrell Ingram, 19, while leaving a dance sponsored by Beach High School in Savannah, Georgia.
20.) May 26, 2000 - Teacher Barry Grunow was shot and killed at Lake Worth Middle School in Lake Worth, Florida, by a 13 year old student. He was shot with a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol on the last day of classes.
21.) September 26, 2000 - In New Orleans, Louisiana, two students were wounded with the same gun during a fight a Woodson Middle School.
22.) January 17, 2001 - A student was shot and killed in front of Lake Clifton Eastern High School in Baltimore, Maryland.
23.) January 18, 2001 - In Jan, Sweden, a student was killed by two boys, ages 17 & 19.
24.) March 7, 2001 - Elizabeth Catherine Bush, age 14, wounded student Kimberly Marchese in the cafeteria of Bishop Neumann High School in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
25.) March 22, 2001 - In Granite Hills, California, a teacher and three students were wounded by Jason Hoffman, age 18, at Granite Hills High School. A policeman shot and wounded Hoffman.
26.) March 30, 2001 - A student was killed by Donald R. Burt, Jr., a 17 year old student who had been expelled from Lee Wallace High School in Gary, Indiana.
27.) November 12, 2001 - In Caro, Michigan, Chris Buschbacher,17, took two hostages at the Caro Learning Center before killing himself.
28.) January 15, 2002 - A teenager wounded two students at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in New York, New York.
29.) February 19, 2002 - In Freising, Germany, two were killed by a factory worker who had been fired, he then proceeded to go to the technical school where he was expelled and killed the headmaster, in addition, he wounded another teacher before killing himself.
30.) April 26, 2002 - Thirteen teachers, two students, and on policeman were killed, and ten were wounded by Robert Steinhaeuser at the Johann Gutenberg Secondary School. He then killed himself.
31.) April 29, 2002 - In Vlasenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a teacher was killed and one was wounded by Dragoslav Petkovic, age 17, who then killed himself.
32.) April 14, 2003 - A 15 year old was killed and three students were wounded at John McDonogh High School by gunfire from four teenagers, none of which were students at the school. Law enforcement says the crime was gang related.
33.) April 24, 2003 - In Red Lion, Pennsylvania, James Sheets, age 14, killed principal Eugene Segro of Red Lion Area Junior High School before killing himself.
34.) September 24, 2003 - Two students were killed at Rocori High School in Cold Spring, Minnesota, by John Jason McLaughlin, 15.
35.) September 28, 2004 - In Carmen de Patagones, Argentina, three students were killed and six wounded by a 15 year old Argentinean student in a town 620 miles south of Buenos Aries.
36.) March 21, 2005 - In Red Lake, Minnesota, Jeff Wise, 16, killed his grandfather and a companion and then arrived at the school where he killed a teacher, a security guard, 5 students, and finally himself, leaving a total of 10 dead.
37.) November 8, 2005 - A 15 year old shot and killed an assistant principal at Campbell County High School and seriously wounded two other administrators in Jacksboro, Tennessee.
38.) August 24, 2006 - Christopher Williams, 27, was looking for his ex-girlfriend at Essex Elementary School in Essex, Vermont, when he shot two teachers, killing one and wounding another. Before going to the school, he had killed his ex-girlfriend's mother.
39.) September 13, 2006 - In Montreal, Canada, Kimveer Gill, age 25, opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon at Dawson College. Anastasia De Sousa, 18, died and more than a dozen students and faculty were wounded before Gill killed himself.
40.) September 26, 2006 - An adult male held six students hostage at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado and then shot and killed Emily Keyes, age 16. He then killed himself.
41.) September 29, 2006 - In Cazenovia, Wisconsin, a fifteen year old student shot and killed Weston School principal John Klang.
42.) October 2, 2006 - Charles Carl Roberts took took students hostage at West Nickel Mines School in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He killed five girls and then tuned the gun on himself.Police broke in through the windows when shots were heard. The oldest girl, 13-year-old Marian Fisher, appealed to Roberts to shoot her first, in an effort to spare the younger girls, according to her younger sister who survived. One of the people in the schoolhouse that was released was a woman who was pregnant at the time. When the baby was born, she named the girl after one of the victims, Naomi Rose Ebersol.43.) January 3, 2007
43.) Douglas Chanthabouly, age 18, shot fellow student Samnang Kok, 17, in the hallway of Henry Foss High School in Tacoma, Washington.
44.) March 1, 2007 - A 17 year old boy was responsible for a drive-by shooting near the Dominick F. Burns Elementary School in Hartford, Connecticut . As a result of the shooting, the school suffered a terrifying 90 minute lockdown. The ten teenagers being shot at sought refuge in the elementary school. The boy is still being held on bail for $1 million dollars.
45.) April 16, 2007 - Virginia Tech University, 32 people were murdered and 17 were injured as a result of a disgruntled fellow student. It is considered the deadliest massacre on a school campus to date.
As protectors of our children, we need to start campaigning for additional funding to allow our school systems to operate at the utmost security. Vote for tax increases that fund the security necessary to protect our children. Their very futures are being threatened by not protecting them in the very place they go to learn about the world. Children should never have to go to school fearful of what will happen to them or others during the day.
As children, we have never known the fear of going to school and being killed or harmed. As parents, we have grown up and now have fear for our children's safety at school. We do not know how they feel living as children during this turbulent time of their generation. It is so important to open up a dialogue with your children about how they feel. Many of these crimes could have been avoided if someone had taken the time to notice the signs. Our society has been brought to a point where we cannot turn back the clock, we must stay one step ahead. We must do this to protect our children. It is naïve to think it could never happen in your town………….
December 14, 2012
46.) Newtown, Connecticuit - A 20 year old man shot and killed his mother and then stole her firearms, taking them to the elementary school where she worked. He was buzzed into the school and violence ensued. By the time the carnage was over, 20 innocent children between the ages of 6 and 7 were killed alongside their principal and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This is the deadliest school shooting only behind the Virgina Tech murders.
IT'S PAST TIME TO DO SOMETHING TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM VIOLENCE IN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS!
Children are taught that a place of education is a safe and nurturing place. Now, instead, we must attempt to explain to them how something like this could possibly happen in a supposed safe and nurturing place. We are their protectors and we are all failing. It's time to REALLY DO SOMETHING! NO GUN REFORMS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED SINCE COLUMBINE. That was 1999 and that's one too many dead kids folks.
I also believe that our health care system in the United States continues to be a joke and therefore, citizens are either getting inadequate mental health treatment or none at all. Perhaps if we could treat mental illness, also, these disturbing instances will not continue to happen.
And for all you gun nuts out there who think you ought to have the right to carry around a semiautomatic military weapon, let me say this to you: Just pray that it is NEVER your deceased child whose bullet wounds are being stuffed with compound and filler just to make their body presentable to those seeking closure. Sleep with that swirling around in your thoughts tonight....
|Posted on January 29, 2012 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Love and Choice
I came across this article the other day and it struck me about two basic principles that people have seemed to have forgotten: love and choice. Actress Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda on Sex and the City, was previously married to a man and has his children; she has since found love with a woman who she now shares a child with.
Recently, she was speaking to a gay empowerment group and her comments were taken out of context when she refused to change the wording to her speech ahead of time. Cynthia fired back when she said, “I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice,” she said. “I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it’s a choice, then we could opt out. I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not.
“Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate. I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”
I have to agree with the stance that Cynthia is making. Homosexuality is a choice for some people, and I know some people for whom it is not a choice, it is an inborn genetic trait. My young male friend in middle school certainly didn’t choose for people to scream “faggot” as he walked down the halls, he didn’t choose to be ostracized for something he felt was very natural. I didn’t just choose to care about him; he was a lovable and funny guy who made me smile. And for once, a guy didn’t want to get down my pants.
We choose the ones we love all of the time, so it really doesn’t matter whether homosexuality is a choice or not. This world is lacking so much love and compassion anymore, so when you can find love, embrace it for however long it lasts. And that is a choice each individual can make at any time.
We have all been judged from time to time for our choice in mate, however unfair those judgments may have been. Those relationships may have lasted or not, but the point is that this topic is gender and sexual orientation neutral. We all make a choice every day to stay in relationships for different reasons. We choose to leave for different reasons, but it is all a choice.
I find it highly doubtful that someone chooses to enter into a relationship with a member of the same sex for any other reasons than straight couples do. And that is why civil rights should exist for everyone because gay or straight, in the end, we are all responsible for the choices we make in our relationships and in our lives. It is called being human.