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On the Death of a Child

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The death of any child is a tragedy. The death of 20 children because a disturbed young man had easy access to an assault rifle is beyond understanding.

I’m sharing a poem today that has always made me cry:

Rispetti: On the Death of a Child

I thought I heard a knock on the door,
And I jumped up as if you were here again,
Speaking to me, as you so often did,
In a coaxing tone; “Daddy, may I come in?”

When at eventide I walked along the steep seashore
I felt your small hand quite warm in mine.

And where the tide had rolled up stones,
I said aloud; “Look out that you don’t fall!”

Paul Heyes
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    I happen to be from Colorado, and my children were both in a Jefferson County High School back in the Spring of 1999 when the Columbine High School had the horrible notoriety of being the worst school shooting in history. Then just a few years later up the Mountain from our High School another High School Shooting took place, though less heard of, killing another student when a gunman broke into the High School during Classes. Then this summer yet another horrible massacre in the Theater in Aurora, and today another terrible shooting incident in Aurora has killed 4 people in a family in a home. Our Governor has promised to do something about the gun situation. Our President has promised too. But neither are moving at the pace of the guns and killing.
    When the Second amendment was written, we were a New country living in an unsettled wilderness over most of our land. Many had to have guns to survive and have meat on the table and be safe in their homes. Our Country is now 236 plus years old, and no longer a wilderness. We no longer need to hunt for our food, except in the grocery store, and we have a strong enough Police System and Military who do carry guns to protect us. I would not be opposed to a Total Ban of Guns in the hands of all civilians, just as some Countries already have. But I am realistic enough to know that is not what will happen. But they Have to get the assault guns and multiple rounds out of the hands of the public. They do not, and never did, belong there.
    On another note, there also has to be a way that people can seek help for an Adult Family member that they think could become violent, or that they feel may have symptoms that indicate some mental instability. Back in the early 1970's I worked in the VA System as a Nurse, and I remember when the laws started to change to give more rights to Psychiatric Patients. I was working in a very Large Psychiatric Hospital the VA use to have here in Colorado. We who worked in the area of Psychiatric Medicine knew then that many of the changes were going to come back to haunt all of us, and I think it has in a lot of ways. This shooting in Ct. is just the tip of a much bigger problem that now exists with adult Psychiatric Patients who are not Hospitalized or monitored to be sure they remain on much needed medication. Some of the people with long term psychiatric problems have done just fine, but there is a group that truly need much closer Medical Supervision than living in a home alone or sometimes even living with family that may not recognize exactly what is going on or know when to seek help or even how to seek help!
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  • MATER88
    I can see how that would make you cry, just as I am right now. We've got to do something but I don't know what that is or if we could even get any consensus on what to do. But we cannot let our children massacred .
    1900 days ago
    Not that there is a good time of year for something like this to happen, but at Christmas time? Sad doesn't even come close to describing this.
    1910 days ago
    Our little community of Newtown, CT is grieving and devastated beyond belief, but we have come together in faith, love and peace. Perhaps this one act of violence will enlighten people as to what is truly important in this world, peace and love.
    Mary Ann
    1913 days ago
    A very sad thing,,,,
    1916 days ago
    I felt weepy and sad, then weepy and angry all weekend. Thanks for posting, Carol.

    1917 days ago
    My heart is broken over this. Thanks for sharing the poem.
    1917 days ago
    It's beyond sad and beyond belief. I don't understand and all I can think to do is pray for those little angels, the brave staff and principal who lost their lives, their families and the survivors. There were many heroes and one lone deranged coward with body armor and guns.

    There is no excuse for the NRA's positions.
    1917 days ago
    I can't even begin to imagine what those parents are going through.
    1917 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/16/2012 10:03:05 PM
    Thank you for sharing that poem. My heart is still heavy thinking about the events of Friday. emoticon
    1917 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    This whole thing is so incredibly sad. I cannot even articulate all of my swirling thoughts. I ache for the families, the friends, the community, for the brother whose mother was killed and whose brother pulled the trigger. Just incredibly sad!

    Yes, the issues of gun control need addressing. So, too, do those about how we care for those who have emotional/mental health issues.

    And so much more.
    1918 days ago
    Sad indeed . . . such an elegiac poem.
    1918 days ago
    Hear, hear, JCORYCMA.
    1918 days ago
    It's tough at this time of year. I feel such a hole in my heart for my lost son.
    My heart goes out to those families who lost someone - child or adult. My heart also goes out to the gunman's family who are trying to grasp how their loved one could commit this heinous act. When will the NRA realize that there is a difference between a hunting rifle and an assault weapon? It amazes me how people can worry more about what consenting adults do in the bedroom and with whom but support ownership of assault weapons. Which hurts us more?
    1918 days ago
    Very appropriate poem. The situation is just so sad.
    1918 days ago
    Makes me cry, too.
    1918 days ago
    Love the poem. Such a horrible tragedy
    1918 days ago
    Beautiful words.
    1918 days ago
    The whole thing is just unbelievable, isn't it? I've had students die - but never 20 at a time. I can't even imagine what that community is going through.
    1918 days ago
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