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December 13, 2013 by vlittle528

In the next few hours, days, weeks and even months you will probably be seeing a lot of posts about school shootings. Everyone has feelings that are weighing them down and need to find some outlet to get all these feelings out. I know that I do. The second I saw the familiar school phone number on the screen I felt my stomach drop. I feel like I am just waiting for when that phone call is about my son or daughter’s school. I feel like I can hardly breathe when I answer the phone. And I feel frustrated, helpless, and angry when I hang up the phone. When is it enough? When is someone going to do something to change it? What is it going to take?

My heart is flooded with a cold fear and my mind is racing with a white-hot anger. When we got the calls, I looked at my sister and said “why are people so against metal detectors? What do they have to hide?” Controversial? Maybe. But I honestly don’t see what the issue would be. I am sure there is a high cost….but in my opinion one life save would outweigh the monetary concerns. Inconvenient? Yep…don’t care. I’m sure the families of all the children lost through the years would give anything to be able to be inconvenienced every day. And on days like this I don’t care to hear arguments about the rights of the students. I personally feel that it is my children’s right to be able to go to school and feel safe and focus on learning. The sad fact is that many kids these days simply see school shootings as a part of life, and just hope it doesn’t happen to them. The schools have done a fantastic job about enforcing screening and checkpoints for visitors coming to the school…but many of these shooters belong to the school. No amount of checking in visitors is going to stop this.

What turns my stomach even more is the fact that this is happening more and more, yet the only thing we hear that the government is focusing on is stupid Obamacare and it’s ridiculous website. Yep, I said it. I think Obamacare is crap. I have stayed behind my little doors in order to avoid too much controversy, but now I am pissed. I am pissed that SO MANY resources can go to the website, that so much money and time and brainpower are being focused on that. I would much prefer these resources to go towards keeping our future safe, on keeping our children secure when we send them off to school.

I’m not going to say that I have the answers. But I am smart enough to learn that when what you are doing isn’t working, you change it.


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