I was reading through the news coverage of the Newton, Connecticut elementary school shooting a while ago, sitting in numb sadness and thinking of my own young children, when something snapped inside me. I was reading a quote from Harry Reid, he said he felt "shock and disbelief at this horrible tragedy" and I just snapped.
I don't know how many times I read someone saying they felt "shock and disbelief" at today's events but I'm sure it was more than a few. I also know I've read those words many times after other shootings as well. I suppose politicians feel obligated to say these words after events like this, perhaps you do as well.
I'm begging you, don't. Please just don't.
It is foolish and belittles the fate of the victims. If you actually do feel shock and disbelief at today's shooting then, if you are in a position of any responsibility, please resign and seek employment as a janitor because you clearly lack the intelligence and perception needed to understand the world around you and to make important decisions.
I feel many things as a result of this shooting - sadness, despair, sympathy and anger being at the top of the list - but shock and disbelief? Hardly. After the Oregon mall and Aurora theater shootings just this year - as well as Virginia Tech, Columbine and so many others each and every year for more years than I care to remember - all of these, coupled with our nation's complete and utter unwillingness to talk about it, much less do anything about it, make this shooting predictable and thoroughly believable.
It is true that the fact that so many of the victims were young children make this shooting particularly disturbing, but it was all but inevitable. Still, the horror of so many young children being murdered so brutally seems to be waking us up and perhaps we are finally willing to do something about it. I hope so. I would like to someday live in a country where an act like this truly would be shocking and unbelievable.