Why I'm Silent

Since the tragedy in Newtown, I've largely remained silent.  Why?  Because I refuse to be drawn in to minutiae.  I will only grieve for those lost.I will not speculate on motive.  The gunman is dead.  Let the detectives conduct their investigation. I will not blame Asperger's Syndrome.  Every child I have ever known who suffers with it has been a gentle soul.  The authorities have not determined the exact mental illness involved.  Let them do their job....more

What is Worth Protecting More?

     I am a conflicted American citizen. My husband is an expert marksman. He was a sharp shooter while in the Marines and served as the Firearms Instructor for his police department for 18 years. My brother is a responsible adult who finds enjoyment in target shooting, researching his guns and follows the rules that apply to our state when purchasing his weapons. My sister, brother-in-law and nephews all enjoy family time at the range....more

Living With the Danger . . . And Finding Ways to Overcome It

In many ways this was a typical Monday morning.Both kids got distracted several times while getting ready, and had to be reminded multiple times to get their backpacks, their snacks, their mittens and hats. (I'd like to pretend that all my reminders were calm and kind -- but truth be told, I did yell a couple of times.)On most school mornings getting out the door can seem like a marathon -- often a frustrating one....more

A Small World; A Huge Nation Broken

The funny thing about our world these days is that Social Media vehicles like Twitter and Facebook have made it much smaller than it once was.  Due to the recent events in Newtown, Connecticut, and the immediacy of shared information, other countries are suddenly offering their input and participating in a dialog that was once uniquely American.  I’m new to Twitter, but I’m becoming more and more aware that I could be talking to someone across oceans, and certainly across thousands of miles of tundra.  I could be talking to someone who isn’t American, about a topic that conce...more
A related post:  http://www.blogher.com/tragedy-newtown-and-second-amendmentmore

Musings About the Murders in Newtown from a Former Gun Junkie

The Monday morning following the Sandy Hook massacre, which took place less than 30 minutes away in a town much like our own rural community of Bethany, Connecticut, my sister-in-law, Laurie, dropped her son off at Bethany Community School where three state troopers greeted them at the school entrance. My nephew, Jeremiah, had tears in his eyes as he entered the building....more

In Defense of Self Defense

I kept my daughter home from school today, not because of the horrors of Friday morning, simply because she had a fever. But I am not going to pretend that there wasn't a tiny bit of relief in having one more day at home with her, one more day where I do not have to drop her off at school and say goodbye. I am not worried about school shootings. As horrifying as Newtown was, I know the reality, I know how rare these things are, how incredibly unlikely it is for anything to ever happen to my own child. But I am a mother....more

What Killed the Little Children

It's 3:45am and I can't sleep. This post will be completely pointless, because either people agree with me and don't need to hear it, or they don't and then they don't care to hear it. So I'll keep it short. I just need to get it out. I want my standpoint on this issue to be known. ...more

It's not too early to start talking about gun control, it's too late

I saw several variations of that headline yesterday in other places. I agree wholeheartedly (and I apologize for any plagiarism I'm committing here -- can't recall where I saw it).The idea is that whenever these massacres like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary happen, people go, "It's too soon to talk about gun control! Give people time to grieve! Don't play politics with a tragedy!"But if we've got a school full of dead children and teachers, maybe it's not too soon to talk about gun control, it's too late....more

via MomsRising:Demand the NRA & Congress Stop Blocking Commonsense Gun Regulations That Protect Us All

Posting on behalf of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO of MomsRising.org:We are beyond heartbroken as we think of the kindergarteners and others that died today in Connecticut. Today is the 3rd day this week when there's been a mass shooting in our nation.We are parents.  Many NRA members are parents.  And none of us want to live in a nation where children are gunned down.  #Todayistheday for the NRA and for Congress to step up and start proposing laws that protect children and all people....more

Still Undecided In Wisconsin During Troubling Times

I still haven't made up my mind who I am voting for, although, I'm leaning Democrat, as I've been all along. However, I would like to see another issue addressed by both candidates: Guns. And it's not going to happen, is it?Now I know that gun ownership and the right to bear arms is a constitutional right, but I don't think our founding fathers knew that there would be populations as high as ours are now in the cities of this great country and I surely don't think that they knew nut cases could and do own weapons....more
@elaineR.N. scary timesmore