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I can only imagine what the parents of those children are going through tonight. You drop them off at school and you expect them to come home safely after. Never in a million years do you expect that some nut job will come in and gun down defenseless children. Words can not express what those folks must be feeling.
Then there are those who were fortunate enough to escape unharmed. Those parents are undoubtedly relieved that their children are safely home tonight. At the same time, they must be taking special care to watch over their children to guard against any traumatic effects.
Sadly, at a time when we should be praying for the families and for the country, there are those who are quick to pounce upon this tragedy for political gain. Almost immediately, those on the left launched into calls for more gun controls. How utterly reprehensible.
Equally revolting to me is the counter attacks by some of my friends on the right. My Facebook feed was filled with counter attacks about how guns don't kill people or it's time to arm our teachers. Some posted an equally horrible story about a man in China with a knife who injured 22 people at a school there.
I do not own a gun, nor do I want one. However, I firmly support the right on law abiding citizens to own them. I also believe that if you do take guns away from law abiding citizens, that criminals will find way to get guns. They don't respect laws in general, so how can we think gun laws will work with them.
I do not pretend to know the answers on how we can prevent things like this. I do not believe that taking away the rights and freedoms of the majority of American in the wake a tragedy like this is the route to take.
As I said before, right now we need prayer for the victims, and I believe for the country. The last thing we need is for people to try to take this tragedy in order to put forth or defend a political agenda, particularly in the hours immediately following the shooting. A pox on all their houses.