Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Sickening

For lack of a better title to describe, explain my feelings tonight, I chose the above word.
The events of today are truly sickening. Just as I remember my feelings upon hearing about the Columbine shootings, and even clear back to the shooter in the tower in Texas, many, many years ago, it leaves the same sick feeling deep in my stomach.
And, I don't know about how others feel about this, but it makes me wonder if society has gone really off the deep edge.
I sit here and think what on earth would or could impel or compel someone to have that much anger and rage deep set inside to want to do away with one person, much less 30 some individuals. How does killing ever set anything right? If you kill someone and then take your own life too, what kind of logic was behind the act?
If someone is so angry at one person and takes that person's life and apprehended, tried and convicted, whether they are sentenced to life or given a death sentence, does it absolve the reason behind the killing in the first place?
My heart goes out to the families of those shot down today in Virginia. I can not imagine the depth of pain being felt by so many people and caused apparently by the same person. Just can not fathom that at all and I certainly hope I would never be in a position to have to deal personally with such a loss.
Life is hard enough for so many people to begin with and to place the burden there of that type of sorrow on to so many families all together is just absolutely mind-boggling to comprehend.
At least, to me it is.
And, I'm quite sure I'm not alone in my feeling this way tonight. It has truly been a horrific day and as was 9-11, the shooting of Dr. King, Bobby Kennedy, President Kennedy, Columbine, Texas Bell Tower, so very, very many others, it is just sickening.

5 comments:

Dorothy said...

It's terrible, Jeni, really terrible. I can't seem to get anything done today. Even though I am not directly affected because I do not know anyone there, I am still grieving for those children who died and the parents, sisters and brothers, who are left behind. I think the whole world is affected because it's just another example of what happens when we're allowed to carry guns. I know we are supposed to need them but damn, you know?

Claire said...

It was horrible indeed, i was watching the news as the story unfolded.

TomCat said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's families and to the survivors.

lattégirl said...

We also had the Polytechnique shootings here, back in the 80s... to this day, everyone here remembers the name Marc Lepine...

I would venture to say that the Polytechnique incident was the one that really set the ball in motion for other, later school shootings. I can't help but think we will continue to see imitators.

Shelby said...

it is so terribly sad.