Horror. Fear. Loss.
...The only words that come to mind to describe the events of this morning's tragedy in Newtown.
I could tell you how I can't get through a single article about the shooting without crying. Or how I can't imagine having a child of mine ripped from the world in such a disturbing and terrifying way. But it's not about me. It's about the 20 children (between the ages of 5 and 10), teachers, principal, and the shooter's mother, that were all murdered this morning. It's about the parents who have to wake up tomorrow (assuming they even get any sleep) with the knowledge that their child is not sleeping down the hall from them anymore, and never will again.
It is not about celebrities tweeting their condolences. (Shame on your E News!)
It is not about gun control.
And it is definitely not about a political agenda.
27 people are dead. Hundreds of family members and friends have lost someone they loved. And an entire country is disheartened. So before you open your mouth or set your fingers to your keyboard, THINK. This isn't about you. It sickens me that so many people think it's okay to use this day, a day that has taken so many lives, and forever changed the lives of so many others, as an excuse to push their political agendas in everyone else's face. I understand that things like gun control laws need to be talked about, and will always be talked about, but there is a time and a place. Hours after the murder of so many people (especially children) is not the time! Have a little bit of decency and give the families the time that they deserve to properly grieve their children before you use them as cold hard facts to prove your side is right.
It's hard for me to even wrap my mind around such a horrible tragedy. My heart aches for everyone involved and I am praying and will continue to pray to God that he takes care of all of those beautiful children and teachers up in Heaven and helps to heal the loved ones that they've left behind. Also pray for the children who are still in the school, at the crime scene, and their parents at home waiting to see their children that did survive the shooting, but will never be the same. Please pray, because though this is a scary event for those of us on the outside that we may come to remember as a horrible event in history, there are people who will remain deeply affected by this for the rest of their lives.
Pray for Newtown