Since word of the Newtown, Conn. shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School — which left 20 children dead and six adults — came last week I have tried without success to understand human nature.
Of course, I am most baffled at how anyone could point a gun at children and shoot them with apparently no remorse or hesitation. How could a person do such a horrible thing to children, some as young as 5 or 6?
But then I have to remind myself, men have been killing children and adults for ages, without conscience. What makes this any different? Humans are capable of the greatest accomplishments and sometimes they do the most amazing things.
Then there are times, like Dec. 13, when they are capable of great evil and of causing great pain. More often, it seems, this is the side of humanity we see and it leaves me to wonder if we have what it takes to ever achieve our full potential?
The act of carrying out the murders of innocent children was just the beginning of how humankind failed miserably that day.
The politicizing of the murders is another reprehensible act. Let the families mourn, let the community heal before anyone starts talking about the rights of gun owners and the restriction of guns. Yes, we all know this conversation is coming on the national stage, but let it go until the dead are buried and the families have had a chance to grieve.
The media frenzy over the shootings was also another place where we failed, not only as an industry, but as humanbeings. Interviewing children who were in the school at the time of the shootings was about as low as the media can get. And blurting out every piece of information on TV you have as it comes in is completely irresponsible.
That story was turned around and twisted every time a TV reporter opened his or her mouth during coverage of the tragedy as it unfolded last week. Try verifying your facts first before going live with them. If that means you’re last with the information, then you’re last — at least you were accurate.
So back to the failings of humanity — yes, by nature we are flawed. But there are basic things you would think we would somehow evolve beyond as our species ages. Killing, especially the coldblooded murder of children, is one of those failings of man which makes me question if we have what it takes to go on?
If we can’t stop killing kids, how do we stop adults from killing each other? How do we bring peace to the world once and for all? Seeing what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary, I can’t help but sit here and think there is little hope for us.
I wish I had better tidings to bring at Christmas this year, but all I can find within me is to hope humanity will figure it out. In the meantime, when I see my kids, I will give them both a hug and kiss and be thankful they are well.
At the same time I will wish for them to someday enjoy a world where people no longer shoot kids and instead everyone works together for the betterment of the planet. Merry Christmas.