If you and I were having coffee right now … I would apologize for not being able to make it to our coffee date last Sunday. I am afraid I wouldn’t have been very good company. Last week, the town I grew up in was shaken by the arrest of four students ages 13 – 16 in one week and the arrest of two other students of the same age group from a neighboring community.
If you and I were having coffee right now … I would tell you how close my hometown came to being the next American community an all too frustrated President Obama spoke from about the tragedy of gun violence and the need for common sense gun legislation in America.
If you and I were having coffee right now … I would tell you how the news that a 16-year-old boy was arrested for threatening to shoot up the high school three of my nieces attend made my gut wrench. How immediately it made me think back to the senseless tragedy in Newtown, CT three Decembers ago and feel the same gut wrenching horror.
If you and I were having coffee right now … I would tell you how my new hero is a teenage girl who reported to the local police that one of her classmates was making threats via texting and social media that he was going to shoot up their school. She took his threats seriously and had enough common sense and courage to say something when others did not. Since the police found ammunition, assault gear and items related to the Columbine shooting, this unnamed girl undoubtedly saved lives by speaking up. The police report that the young boy appeared to be planning an attack for some time.
If you and I were having coffee right now … I would tell you how grateful I am that the boy’s violent plans were thwarted. Last I heard, the boy who is clearly disturbed was undergoing mental health evaluation. Hopefully, he gets help for whatever is causing him to think of committing such violent acts.
If you and I were having coffee right now … I would tell you how I have been watching a lot of reports on gun violence from different sources. I would tell you that according to BBC reports:
- In 2015 prior to the shooting on October 1st at Umpqua Community College in Oregon there had been 293 mass shootings in America as defined by the FBI. The FBI classifies a mass shooting as a shooting involving the death or injury of four or more people. The number would increase to more than 1.07 mass shootings per day if shootings involving the death or injury of two or more people were included in that number.
- Prior to the shooting on October 1st at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, there have been 45 shootings at schools in 2015 and 142 since the shooting at Sandy Hook. These numbers include shootings in which no one was killed.
- In the period from 1991 – 2013, there were 55 school shootings in the United States and in that same period there were only 3 school shootings in Germany and 1 in the United Kingdom.
If you and I were having coffee right now … I would tell you that yes I am fully aware that guns don’t kill people, that people kill people. I would tell you that one could apply that same logic to motor vehicle deaths both alcohol related and non-alcohol related yet our nation still enforces some common sense legislation regarding operating motor vehicles (speed limits, drunk driving laws, seat belt laws and requirements for manufacturers for airbags come to mind).
If you and I were having coffee right now … I would tell you that I understand President Obama’s frustration over gun violence in America. I like him thought America would demand common sense gun legislation after the killing of 20 innocent school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I like our President believe while we need to address mental health issues in our country we also need to adopt common sense gun legislation.
If you and I were having coffee right now … I’d ask you to change the subject and talk about something else. I’d ask you how you were doing and whether you had done anything fun for Halloween.
If you and I were having coffee right now … I’d tell you about the impromptu Halloween party I helped my sister throw for her daughters and about a dozen of their friends. We pulled it off in a matter of hours, me rushing to the grocery store and back to her house to chop vegetables, make dip and do other party set-up while she worked. The girls and their friends had a good time and I got to visit with my sister and a couple of the softball moms I’ve become friendly with. A win-win.
If you and I were having coffee right now … I’d ask you if you were taking any of the Blogging U courses or participating in NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo this month. I am enrolled in Blogging 201 and participating in NaBloPoMo. So, you should be seeing a minimum of a post a day throughout November from me. My editorial board wanted me to participate in NaNoWriMo but I wasn’t feeling up to it. NaBloPoMo is my olive branch of sorts and the promise that I would attempt NaNoWriMo next year.
Well, I should get going, Before you leave, please tell me in the comments what you would share with me …
If you and I were having coffee right now …