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15/02/2018
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“We have to face the fact that meaningful gun control has to be a part of homeland security.” Jeh Johnson

Reflections: Ending the Violence

Reflections: Ending the Violence

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This morning, as I scrolled through the heart-wrenching tweets posted by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, I was heartbroken. I am heartbroken for the families, friends, teachers, and many others touched by this terrible tragedy. It saddens me deeply that our schools are no longer the safe haven we once imagined them to be. We are in a war zone and our collective conscience must be moved to find meaningful, long lasting bipartisan solutions to this problem. How could we continue to stand by and offer hackneyed platitudes as mass shootings become ubiquitous in this great nation?

According to a Gallup poll, most Americans would like to see stronger laws and ways to handle the presence of guns in our society. So why are we not pursuing that logical pathway? Sure, there is a gun culture in America and those who collect and use guns responsibly feel that building in more restrictions might hamper their access to and use of their weapons. But where does an AK-15 and similar assault weapon fit into this conversation? Why does anyone need to own a gun designed to kill massive numbers of people in a few seconds? The formidable NRA and gun lobbyists feed off of the fears of  their gun owner base as they battle to maintain the status quo. But how many more mass shootings will wake us up to the urgency many of us know is desperately lacking? Did you know that in all of the 20th century, we had 226 school shootings and that so far in this millennium we have had 212 shootings? How many more children, teachers, innocent bystanders need to die before we come to our senses that our present laws and efforts are NOT working?

With each deadly mass shooting, we gather and share our grief and prayers and a lot of folks ask for changes but not much gets done to prevent it from happening again. The numbers of innocent lives lost to gun violence continues to grow and the conversation that needs to take place must rise above our fears and address the stark and horrific impact that the use of assault weapons and access to guns are having on our society. Please read the articles below as they all make fantastic common sense arguments for why we need stricter controls in place.  The debate on Gun Control is not about depriving responsible citizens from owning one. It is about having stricter checks and balances to prevent those who are not qualified, for a range of reasons, from owning them.
READ: SLATEIn 1996, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn’t Had a Mass Shooting Since.
Aging Millennial Engineer: “F**k you, I like guns.”
Mass Shootings Are a National Security Threat

 

 

“The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Reflections: Ending the Violence


Reflections: Ending the Violence

Why the stalemate on stricter controls? If you’ve read my post, you’d know that I make it clear that most of us who want Gun Control laws to be stricter have no desire to deprive responsible citizens of their guns. Yet, again and again, gun advocates skip that clear fact to go on their rant about why they want NO/ZERO controls. WHY? Think about why you keep arguing in circles. Studies show that America has a gun culture like no other in the world. For a country that is NOT at war internally, civilians own more guns than any other country in the world.  Americans use those guns to kill each other and commit suicide.

If that isn’t enough, we rank at the bottom for so called first world nations and gun violence. We fit right in with so called third world nations and gun violence. It makes no sense to me that a modern nation would continue to leave the door open for its  citizens to arm themselves as if they live in a war torn, war zone in a wild west never, never land. Spare me the rants please. If 60% of level headed citizens would like to see stricter gun control laws in place, why is it NOT happening? Ask the NRA and their shills in Congress. As an educator, I have zero interest in being armed. I have zero interest in owning an assault weapon, and I have zero tolerance for the BS excuses those who want to maintain the status quo keep spewing…
READ: BBCAmerica’s gun culture in 10 charts
WASHINGTON POSTThe terrible numbers that grow with each mass shooting
NYTIMESAfter Sandy Hook, More Than 400 People Have Been Shot in Over 200 School Shootings
NPR – Deaths From Gun Violence: How The U.S. Compares With The Rest Of The World

 

 

More Below!

“No American should live in fear of going to work or sending their kids to school. Let’s end the fear. Let’s enforce existing gun laws.” Charles B. Rangel

Reflections: Ending the Violence

Reflections: Ending the Violence

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Every time the topic comes up, the defenders of the status quo give us the usual list of excuses …. people kill not guns, we need to arm ourselves against X and Y and so on. But no matter what costume you dress the facts in, what remains is that we need to find solutions to deter those who will harm our children and our families; we can’t do the work of stemming gun violence effectively until we have stricter controls in place. How can we find a middle ground and a common sense discussion on this?

If we are all armed to the teeth, how does that build a safe and just society? If we resort to vigilante justice by arming ourselves with assault weapons and collecting an arsenal fit for war, where will that end? If we resort to blinding each other in an eye for an eye mentality as we rush to arm ourselves to the hilt, how can we see or make room for peace?  If you are not a trained law enforcement officer, making a split second decision to shoot and kill an armed assailant is not easy. My heart hurts as we see this carnage keeps happening, again and again, taking the lives of kids and teachers.

As a teacher and a parent, I cannot fathom the horror of being in a classroom and watching my students gunned down. Refusing to address this matter in a balanced and logical way, with stricter gun control laws in place and mental health support available to all is tantamount to a collective societal act of homicide. I’m brokenhearted! Condolences to all…

READ: NYT Thoughts and Prayers and NRA Funding
CNN: Deadliest Mass Shootings in Modern US History Fast Facts

Have a peaceful and reflective weekend ahead!

This post was partly inspired by a WP Daily Post – costume – Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate? Here are the steps to get started.

Positive Motivation Tip:  Our children’s and all lives matter… Is putting off meaningful conversations about gun control and finding solutions worth more than a human life?

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos, violence via Pixabay, AND/OR via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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138 Comments leave one →
  1. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    15/02/2018 3:27 pm

    I agree with you 100%! We need stricter laws, better and more background checks, availability of mental health to everyone with no strings. I believe part of the reason is that the NRA back many of those in political power. That is my opinion.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:15 pm

      Sadly that is the thorn in our flesh.

  2. Rosey permalink
    15/02/2018 5:03 pm

    It’s alarming how much life is senselessly being taken. Something has to stop it. It’s absolutely unbearable.

  3. Pam Avoledo permalink
    15/02/2018 5:30 pm

    Children shouldn’t have to grow up thinking they may get shot at school. I’m so tired of “thoughts and prayers.”

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:14 pm

      SIGH… YES. <3

  4. Rose Mont permalink
    15/02/2018 5:37 pm

    So saddened by the actions of one troubled kids yesterday. The things those kids saw. The worry and pain the parents experience. Nothing can take that away. Not an explanation not a I’m sorry not anything. I don’t exactly know how any steps can fix this problem but can only hope the future figures it out.

  5. Mary B permalink
    15/02/2018 6:17 pm

    Such a timely post. My heart breaks when I think of those children that were gunned down by their classmate. When will this unnecessary violence end?

  6. thebusyboymama permalink
    15/02/2018 7:53 pm

    It’s so depressing, I have two kids, one is in elementary school. Even if I forget his lunch I have to bring it to the office because they lock the doors of all the classrooms during the day.. What a world we live in.

  7. Jenny permalink
    15/02/2018 9:48 pm

    The thing is, even if there is a gun ban, people will still be able to get their hands on them and carryout awful situations such as what happened recently. It’s not a gun issue at hand, it’s a mental issue.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:14 pm

      It is BOTH! WITH STRICTER GUN LAWS WE CAN STEM THE BLEEDING.

  8. Adaleta Avdic (@adaatude) permalink
    15/02/2018 9:55 pm

    All of the school shootings and shootings in general lately are so disheartening. Keeping Florida in my prayers.

  9. lucicoo permalink
    15/02/2018 10:27 pm

    Its sadden me every time I watch the news or turn on my computer to see that there’s another mass shooting.

  10. Rochkirstin Sioco 👑 (@rochkirstin) permalink
    15/02/2018 11:58 pm

    Gun violence is the enemy of peace. School shootings are definitely scary since these will become a traumatic experience not only to those who are in the place itself but also to other students who may feel wary that the same thing may happen to their school.

  11. kumamonjeng permalink
    16/02/2018 12:17 am

    Sad to hear about the mass shooting in Florida. Something like this seems to only happen in America. I have no idea what to say about America being a foreigner. But when I visited America last Dec, I was so shocked to see guns were sold at mini mart at the gas station too!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:12 pm

      Really? Where did you visit?

  12. Evelyn, PathofPresence permalink
    16/02/2018 2:35 am

    My heart dropped the day this news was released….According to HuffPost, we are averaging a shooting every 60 hours. 😨 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/school-shootings-2018_us_5a84a68ee4b0058d55659ae9 This is appalling and Unacceptable. We must create a society that better protects our most precious commodity : our children!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:13 pm

      Yep… very shocking

  13. Msddah permalink
    16/02/2018 2:44 am

    Such a sad sad sad situation to happen. When I think of situations like these, it makes me understand why people choose to home-school their kids and/or choose not to leave the safety of their homes. It is just heartbreaking!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:12 pm

      Incredibly heartbreaking…

  14. Kelly Reci permalink
    16/02/2018 4:27 am

    This is a great post to ponder. I love that post. It shows how we are being formed in our daily living.

  15. Kansas Bonanno permalink
    16/02/2018 6:45 am

    I’m so torn on how to handle this with my oldest daughter who is in kindergarten. We need to breed more love and less hate. Its terrifying sending my LO off to school everyday with all this hate in the world.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:13 pm

      It sure is scary…

  16. Sue Tanya Mchorgh permalink
    16/02/2018 7:12 am

    I love this post. Everytime i read something in the news about violence it makes my heart sad. It so sad to hear about the recent shootings in Florida. The violence needs to stop.

  17. Emily Fata permalink
    16/02/2018 7:13 am

    Every time I hear about another round of mass shooting as the result of gun violence in the US, I find myself torn equally between being completely distraught and feeling so incredibly angry. The NRA needs to have less funding, and there needs to be a greater amount of gun regulation. It’s not about losing a freedom/right, it’s about the safety of all American citizens.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:11 pm

      Now if only they would get that into their heads.

  18. britbrat269 permalink
    16/02/2018 7:30 am

    Praying for all the students, teachers, parents and anyone else effected by this. It scares me to send my children to school knowing something like this could happen at any give point.

  19. Megan permalink
    16/02/2018 7:44 am

    Everything that has been happening is so devastating. These images convey all of the feelings quite well. Such a rough time. xx

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:11 pm

      Such a sad time too…

  20. thetennisfoodie permalink
    16/02/2018 8:20 am

    The deadly mass shooting should really stop. What’s happening to the US? We should all unite to end it.

  21. Elizabeth permalink
    16/02/2018 8:27 am

    Those are some seriously scary statistics. I can’t believe something hasn’t been done yet about the gun laws – how many school shootings happen in countries with good gun laws? Virtually none.

  22. Venus Fitness-Shannon permalink
    16/02/2018 8:41 am

    Its truly a heart breaking and senseless tragedy.

  23. Esme Sy permalink
    16/02/2018 8:55 am

    I’ve seen everything blamed for these horrible incidents, from videogames, gun control and the government. All I can say is, proper education and security are still the greatest counter options that have absolutely no drawbacks.

  24. wanderlustbykelley permalink
    16/02/2018 9:04 am

    I really hate turning on the news to hear about another school shooting. This is a huge problem in the US and really needs to be dealt with. i can’t imagine the pain of sending a child to school with the fear of them being shot. There needs to be big changes to gun control and mental health from the Government..the people who have the power to do something. Action speaks louder than words.

  25. Lisa Rios permalink
    16/02/2018 9:34 am

    I don’t think getting a gun should be easy for anyone. And the worse part is not one government official is speaking up about this – so heartbreaking.

  26. Kendra permalink
    16/02/2018 10:05 am

    It’s such a sad situation when lives are lost to gun violence. A solution needs to be found soon in order to stop the violence.

  27. Nicole permalink
    16/02/2018 10:14 am

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this recent tragedy. I am saddened by the senseless violence that seems to be plaguing our schools. I don’t have an answer, my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected.

  28. Corina permalink
    16/02/2018 11:08 am

    The photos are really powerful! They carry a message indeed!

  29. Ann F. Snook-Moreau permalink
    16/02/2018 11:17 am

    I totally agree with all your points in this! I grew up in an area where everyone owned guns so it’s extra frustrating for me to see people I know still advocating for gun rights after tragedies like this one.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:09 pm

      I hear you…

  30. lexieanimetravel permalink
    16/02/2018 12:32 pm

    I can feel and understand Jeh Johnson, It’s so hard to speak about politics and how it implies their rules to the people. Ending voilence would take a million road, honestly speaking we can’t stop or end it but we can prevent it. and that’s reality. I guess what we can all do is help our own community and prevent violence to spread. little by little in the end everything will be goes well.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:09 pm

      Sad but true…

  31. Cindy Ingalls permalink
    16/02/2018 1:05 pm

    Something has to change. How many more children have to die before our lawmakers wake up and make it harder to get guns, get rid of assault rifles that no one needs, and also make it easier for people with mental illness to get the help they need. It’s time for actions, not just thoughts and prayers.

  32. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    16/02/2018 1:13 pm

    Until teachers are trained and paid for being both educator and body guard/ police officer/ soldier I don’t think we should ask them to put their lives on the line as well as all students. The government cannot just turn a blind eye to this horrific problem. Serious money, time and effort needs put into gun violence (better gun control) and mental health education from Kindergarten on.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:08 pm

      The work must begin at that base level.

  33. Jessica Hughes permalink
    16/02/2018 2:50 pm

    This whole situation is heartbreaking and sickens me everytime we hear of a new shooting. We seem to be stuck in a never-ending cycle of internet platitudes and debates with everyone calling for changes that never go anywhere. We must stand up for action to change what is happening in our nation.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:08 pm

      We must weigh in for sure

  34. balanceandblessings1 permalink
    16/02/2018 5:41 pm

    It is terrible what happened. As a Pediatric certified massage therapist who is studying about causes and treatments of childhood trauma, things like this remind me of why I do what I do. It is just so terrible it is even a thing, especially with children.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:08 pm

      Yes, the trauma is life long… As a war survivor, I now what you mean.

  35. Adriana Martin permalink
    16/02/2018 10:50 pm

    So many lives lost for nothing this was a very sad occurrence I hope this country starts putting in place mental illness programs and safety as a priority so that this can be avoided.

  36. Mary La Fornara (@itsaboutpretty) permalink
    17/02/2018 6:01 am

    I wish there was a easy answer to this problem! The two side need to make a decision that is right for our country, not a decision so their side wins.

  37. NicoleShillings permalink
    17/02/2018 6:39 am

    Whew, this is such a horribly topic in our nation. I truly believe that we should do away with guns in America. There is so much proof to back up from other countries that have incredibly strict gun laws, I just don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t support that. I can understand hunting rifles, but beyond that, no one needs a gun. I’ve lived 40 years on this earth and have never needed nor wanted a gun.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:07 pm

      It confounds me too.

  38. Nathan Reid permalink
    17/02/2018 7:23 am

    We really dont know what is really happening in this world. It is really frustating that this has to be happened. I hope the government has to do something about this to avoid that this will happen again.

  39. tanviidotcom permalink
    17/02/2018 8:00 am

    I am so tried of this happening over and over again. It is time for more action than words now. I cannot even imagine what it must be to go through such an experience.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:06 pm

      What irks me is that bunch that don’t seem to get it in their heads that we need to restrict access to assault weapons to non combat citizens. 🙁

  40. Kelly permalink
    17/02/2018 8:09 am

    These are all really great points. It’s just so unbelievably awful, and I’m terrified to bring my children up in this world. Thank you for sharing

  41. Geemiz Travel permalink
    17/02/2018 10:53 am

    I am out of words. All I can offer is prayers for everyone affected. People should always remember that if we start peace from ourselves and from our families then we will have a world that is peaceful.

  42. Mama in Heels permalink
    17/02/2018 11:17 am

    I completely agree. We need stronger laws to protect all Americans. We keep hearing it’s not the right time to talk about gun controls every time it happens…but WHEN is the right time? Why does an individual need to carry an AR-15 to protect him/herself? And why is it legal to purchase an AR-15? This just sickens me.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:05 pm

      You and me both… and then you have those who prefer to bury their heads in the sand… disgusting!

  43. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    17/02/2018 11:23 am

    I just don’t understand why people do it, why there is so much cruelty in this world. Mass shooting it probably the most horrible of all esp when it goes for kids

  44. Emily Leary permalink
    17/02/2018 1:18 pm

    This is such a heartbreaking time. As a Brit I can’t imagine what it’s like to live in such real fear of gun violence. My heart goes out to all those affected.

  45. Preet@thevelvetlife permalink
    17/02/2018 1:42 pm

    This is so unfortunate that the gun violence has become a regular part of the news and our lives. There should be stricter controls over the gun use to stop these mishappenings which ruin so many lives and hearts.

  46. melclayville permalink
    18/02/2018 1:37 am

    I was driving in the car with my kids when we heard the report on the radio. I suddenly felt so grateful to be homeschooling my kids, and I hate feeling that way! A school should be a place for learning and discovery, that isn’t possible when there is fear and uncertainty.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:04 pm

      100% agreed!

  47. Taslyn Russell permalink
    18/02/2018 2:08 am

    This is definitely a subject both me and my husband have been talking about with all this violence wondering if your kids are safe. Its so good raising awareness.

  48. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    18/02/2018 2:12 am

    I was shocked when I saw this on the news. I cannot imagine the horror the students, teachers, and parents had to go through. This has got to stop. Legislators must find a way to address the issue. This makes me so sad that things like this happen. Those poor innocent kids. Heartbroken here.

  49. Tami | This Mom's Delight permalink
    18/02/2018 4:16 am

    Violence is hurting more and more people. I don’t even know what to say to all of it.

  50. Stylish Paradox permalink
    18/02/2018 7:26 am

    Yes, this is such a horror! Our children should feel safe in the places they are being educated! This must end!

  51. Amy Blake permalink
    18/02/2018 10:00 am

    A very powerful post! With the recent events in the news, we all need to take action in helping change the gun control laws.

  52. Nati permalink
    18/02/2018 1:53 pm

    There are no words when such a terrible and tragic event takes place. But the society, the world, needs to overcome the sadness and discuss the underlying problem. Is it the guns laws? I come from a country where having a gun at home is VERY difficult by legal means, that is why the illegal gun market is so huge in my country… so the laws don’t really change the matter. There is something much deeper, something about our society and the way we process the violence that explodes one day the way it did last Wednesday.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:03 pm

      Yes, even with the illegal gun black market, sensible laws that restrict access will at least shut part of that door down. We cannot wring our hands and do nothing.

  53. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    18/02/2018 5:31 pm

    This is just so sad. I sometimes feel helpless and fearful of everyday. I know this will be an uphill climb to find the best solution to this problem in society but I trust and hope that all this violence will come to an end.

  54. kage2015 permalink
    18/02/2018 5:36 pm

    I will not leave a comment because I don’t believe bloggers should promote sides when it comes to horrible tragedy such as this. All I will say is it wasn’t the guns fault.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:02 pm

      Bloggers are people. We are parents, teachers, and loved ones. We do NOT write in a vacuum. We have EVERY RIGHT TO EXPRESS our pain and sadness over the senseless murders of school kids and their teachers. What side are you promoting? It sounds like you are either for more guns or nothing. Is it a tragedy to you? I hope so because your insensitive comment belies that. Next time follow your own advice! Thank you!

  55. Kristy B permalink
    18/02/2018 7:13 pm

    It always breaks my heart when I hear of a school shooting. It’s awful for parents to send their kids off to school in the morning, not knowing if you’ll ever see them alive again. Something has got to change!

  56. Amanda permalink
    18/02/2018 9:24 pm

    I can’t even begin to wrap my head around yet another shooting. When will the violence end? It certainly makes homeschooling a better option.

  57. Kyla Matton Osborne permalink
    18/02/2018 10:53 pm

    There is a gun culture in the United States. As a Canadian, it’s hard for me to fathom how many Americans own guns without proper screening or training. It’s hard to accept concealed carry laws, people keeping loaded weapons in their handbags on the back seat of the car next to a preschooler, and folks being able to just buy a gun for a friend who lacks the proper permits.

    It’s good to see more people speaking about these issues. Hopefully, the people can convince their elected officials to respect their wishes, rather than those of the gun lobby. There’s no reason you can’t have access to firearms while still looking after the public safety.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:32 pm

      True…

  58. Sadhna Shanker permalink
    19/02/2018 4:30 am

    I read somewhere that in Australia after a mass shooting in a school, they amended their gun laws and since then there have been none. It amazes me how vested interests are allowing such massacres to happen again and again. Painful and unbelievable.

  59. Annie K permalink
    19/02/2018 5:06 am

    Change has to come! We need new laws, we need something to happen. This has to stop!

  60. Ithfifi permalink
    19/02/2018 7:10 am

    It is truly devasting what happened over there and I feel so bad for all involved. I think there does need to be a change in law, especially with how many incidents like this are occuring, I was shocked to find out how many gun crimes have happened alone this year already. Our media doesn’t cover them all so to find out there was already 18 this year is just awful. Something has to change to protect society in Ameria.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:32 pm

      Inded, we are ripe for change in that arena. Our schools must be a safe place to go to and right now, they are NOT

  61. Andrea R Warren (@WaldorfFries) permalink
    19/02/2018 8:29 am

    This happened in my hometown and I am still trying to comprehend what happened. We need common sense gun control and it needs to happen NOW

  62. Indu Indra permalink
    19/02/2018 10:13 am

    As rightly said by you, “our children’s and all lives matter.” Violence must end. No one should live in fear in any society. Safety laws should be enforced fully.

  63. Dorit permalink
    19/02/2018 10:30 am

    Hi Elizabeth,
    You are so right. How many more shootings are necessary for governmental bodies to review laws. Sadly this is what happens when money rules the world and it is more important to earn the next buck than how you do it. As if moral and ethics were optional.

  64. blogthirtyminusone permalink
    19/02/2018 11:02 am

    It is sad that we are living in such times. So much violence going on.
    Nailil

  65. Laurence Topliffe permalink
    19/02/2018 12:25 pm

    Getting rid of the guns that are everywhere in the country does not seem very likely to ever happen. Politicians don’t seem to have any interest in doing anything that might remove guns from homes or cities. Even if some efforts were successful, that would not necessarily end the violence. Someone who was determined to act in a violent way would find another way, like knives, cars, bombs or even fire.

    The knowledge that has been proven to be able to end the violence that has plagued humanity for centuries has been told to the news organizations and politicians and organizations who say they work to create peace many times I only know of one politician who did anything about it. No one listened to him. Everyone who was told this knowledge and did nothing are partially responsible for the continuing violence.

    The cause of all violence is disorderly brain functioning and the resulting low quality of consciousness. The knowledge to improve brain functioning and increase the quality of anyone’s consciousness has been known for at least 40 or so years.

    It has been said for some time that we are only using 5 or 10% of our mental potential. You may even have heard this yourself. This happens to be 100% true. The reason for this condition is known.

    The proven way to end the violence is to improve the way the brain functions, which improves the quality of consciousness and that results in an improvement in the way one thinks, feels and behaves. This does not mean that a criminal becomes better at being a criminal. It means that the basis for criminal behavior is eliminated The result is an improved state of mind, more happiness, thoughtfulness, kindness, etc. Negative and harmful behavior stops. The Transcendental Meditation program has been solidly proven to do this. There are 600 plus published studies that prove this beyond any doubt. …

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:30 pm

      Thank you for your feedback Laurence. Sorry, I had to delete part of your very long feedback. TM is one of many forms of meditation practices available to people. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make to drink. 🙂

  66. Corinne and Kirsty permalink
    19/02/2018 2:37 pm

    I have heard the the shooting in that school and it is horrifying. And the reactions in twitter… arming teachers? What for? To spread guns even more? No, what is needed is prevention and gun control.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:22 pm

      Exactly. If we are all armed then we are back in the days of the wild west. It is truly ridiculous!

  67. Yeah Lifestyle permalink
    19/02/2018 3:44 pm

    I am with you on this, we definitely need gun control, the situation has gone out of hand and I an’t imagine what the kids who were there that day and parents who lost their kids are going through at this moment.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:21 pm

      Soo sad and avoidable…

  68. waitingforrain28 permalink
    19/02/2018 4:42 pm

    I have to admit, I have grown very hopeless about the whole situation. I really hope to see meaningful change soon though, because I just don’t think students and teachers should have to fear for their lives on a daily basis.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:21 pm

      I hear you… so frustrating. 🙁

  69. AlwaysCarryOn.com permalink
    20/02/2018 3:02 am

    I cannot imagine what these poor people must be going through 🙁 my heart breaks every time I read a story like this in the news – the US gun laws really need to be tighter, like they are here in the UK x

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:20 pm

      It would be easy to do… but the lobbyists stand in the way of common sense gun laws.

  70. Stephanie JNote permalink
    20/02/2018 4:17 am

    There are way too many senseless deaths and not enough gun control. This issue needs to be taken head on and I applaud those who came together in protesting of the silly gun laws that are not being taken truly seriously by this country.

  71. Monique Elise permalink
    20/02/2018 4:43 am

    I agree with you. Gun control reform is absolutely necessary. Teachers don’t need to be armed with guns.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:19 pm

      I’m a teacher and I would never want a gun in my classroom. Imagine the grave responsibility of it all

  72. lavandamichelle permalink
    20/02/2018 1:35 pm

    This is such a sad topic. But if we had better gun control laws this might never happen again. Thank you for posting this.

  73. Blair Villanueva permalink
    20/02/2018 7:14 pm

    It is truly heartbreaking incidents, schools are known as the safest place for all of us.
    But I don’t understand how does the US Gun Law.

    Many on my expat community here in Manila who just recently moved from US always shares to us how much they are worried for their children, that’s why they are forced to relocate even it means changing their lifestyle low salary.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:18 pm

      It is frightening and it doesn’t have to be…

  74. ladysworldoffashion permalink
    21/02/2018 1:09 am

    This is very sad topic. I live in Austria and here is the law very strict. It is not allowed to have guns at home. Guns only has the police here and I didnt hear such a dramatic and bad stories like in other countries. The law has to be stricter.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:18 pm

      Exactly… common sense. Why do we all need to be so armed? America is at war with itself.

  75. flora_the_sweaterist permalink
    21/02/2018 1:59 am

    Among the many horrors we hear about, school shootings are amongs the most touching and most terrible. To think of those innocent kids! And not only those who lost their lives, but those also who are traumatised by the experience… I wish we could all protect our kids and young siblings from such a situation. Something should be done, and meaningful gun control could be the first step in the matter.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:17 pm

      Exactly.. meaningful gun control is imperative. Since this happened, there have been reports of how easy it is to get these weapons… WHY?

  76. miljance93mommysup permalink
    21/02/2018 11:35 am

    Touching and inspirational.

  77. chewoutloud permalink
    21/02/2018 12:15 pm

    Our hearts go out to all the students and the families. It is so heart wrenching and heart breaking, all that has been happening across the US. Praying for everyone involved.

  78. itsnadianelson permalink
    21/02/2018 12:37 pm

    Its a shame that this is such a touchy subject, especially when innocent adults and children are losing their lives for no reason when certain individuals have access to obtain guns with very relaxed laws. Your post was very informative and I am hoping to see change in the near future.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:16 pm

      Indeed. Sadly, people are stuck on their need to be armed and that is not the point that I’m addressing. Like many others, we would like to see stricter laws that make access the guns impossible in the wrong hands. Also, the Engineer whose article I linked gave a very clear explanation as to why we don’t need to allow people to own assault weapons. They are not used for hunting or target practice. They are murder machines.

  79. Chelsea permalink
    22/02/2018 2:17 pm

    It’s such a tragedy that people face these horrifying events. I just can’t comprehend why! It’s outrageous and I’m not even sure how it’s going to get any better. Thoughts are with those effected

  80. Holly Lasha permalink
    25/02/2018 1:25 am

    Great perspective. It’s important to approach these topics positively and offer solutions not just complaints.

  81. lynnette joselly permalink
    25/02/2018 7:15 pm

    So sad to hear about yet another shooting. Something clearly needs to be done.

  82. cre8tone (@cre8tone) permalink
    25/02/2018 10:23 pm

    It’s really crucial to end all violence.. For peaceful life.. Great to hear the ending..

  83. Elizabeth permalink
    26/02/2018 2:29 am

    It’s a scary time to be living in America, I think. Hopefully your government will listen to the people and not the money.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 4:16 pm

      My desire too…

  84. Karolina | But, First, Tea! permalink
    26/02/2018 4:10 am

    I could copy paste Ellen’s point of view. Totally agree. Something should be done asap.

  85. Alison Rost permalink
    26/02/2018 7:04 am

    We as a country have to come up with a way out of this kind of crisis. It should have ended with one mass shooting. But no, there came another, and then another. I’m not sure how much more we can take before we can finally solve this. My heart breaks for those who experienced this.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:12 pm

      Same here and yet the gun lobbyists carry on…

  86. Tee permalink
    26/02/2018 9:44 am

    Wow, this was very deep and heart felt. I agree with you 100%. Although I’m not American, I stand with you. We have to stop weighing the options, talking about possibilities, and simply begin implementing stricter gun laws. The citizens of America need more protection and security. I’m Canadian and I know that if gun violence were to increase in our schools I would have to look at other alternatives for my kids. I can only imagine the kind of stress parents and teachers are feeling as we work through another very tragic gun violence story. All the best! Praying for America.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:11 pm

      And there are common sense solutions too. but it is a deeper and dark part of the history of this nation.

  87. Jennifer Prince permalink
    26/02/2018 10:37 am

    Ug, yes. We live during such crazy times. People need to respect one another and make smart choices and think about the long term!

  88. Ayana Christine Nell permalink
    26/02/2018 11:22 am

    I can’t imagine what these families must be going through! A change is in order, indeed. Very thought provoking topic that’s so important! Especially with the thought of sending my son to school in a few short years…homeschooling looks better every day!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:10 pm

      Sad … but true.

  89. thoughtfeeder permalink
    26/02/2018 3:59 pm

    it is indeed heartbreaking and devastating but we must stand united in these hours of pain and distress.

  90. In and Out of Vegas permalink
    26/02/2018 7:52 pm

    I’ll tell you what is sad. My friend’s daughter Lily (5 years old, kindergarten) asked her mom what “hard lockdown” means. She said the principal was talking about it. She then proceeded to tell her that “on a soft lockdown we can stay on the carpet, but we hide under the purple table in a hard lockdown”. While it’s great her school is preparing her, I am heartbroken that it is needed.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 10:15 pm

      Sadly, those who want to arm themselves to the teeth don’t care how it affects children…

  91. Emily Leary permalink
    27/02/2018 1:43 am

    My thoughts are with everyone who has had to endure such horror. Clearly the current approach isn’t working and something needs to change dramatically.

  92. Joanna Davis permalink
    27/02/2018 12:01 pm

    I honestly don’t understand why guns are still legal in the states. You never hear of anything like this happening anywhere else… If I remember well, there was a school shooting in the UK in the 60s and since then guns have been completely made illegal. Having innocent children die because of lunatics who have access to guns because of faulty laws is so wrong!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/02/2018 5:51 pm

      It is so ridiculous … and the champions of this madness include folks with kids too. It makes absolutely zero sense.

  93. Nathan Reid permalink
    28/02/2018 9:34 am

    We really hope that this violence has an ending. The government should really do something about this kind of violence.

  94. flora_the_sweaterist permalink
    02/03/2018 10:44 am

    Hearing about school shooting always breaks my heart. Violence of any kind is of course terrible, but the fact that innocent kids are involved makes it all the more painful. It’s infuriating when politicians only say we have to move on and support each other in this grief. Yeah, sure. But for god’s sake, take some action to prevent this from happening ever again..

  95. Holly Lasha permalink
    05/03/2018 2:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing this information. It’s so important that people really understand this issue.

  96. Collins Nwokolo permalink
    07/03/2018 11:13 pm

    My heart goes out to everyone who has had to endure such pain. I can’t imagine what these families must be going through. I hope things just get better please.

  97. Ellie Plummer permalink
    08/03/2018 1:47 pm

    Unfortunately violence is everywhere and it is so awful. I am so grateful that guns are banned here in the UK.

  98. iamunbothered permalink
    17/03/2018 9:34 am

    It beats me why the people going on a rant about gun control cannot see what is happening just cause they want to keep their guns. Stricter laws will definitely keep this guns away from the mentally unstable people who choose to go shoot our children down for no reason…..hugs to the family and friends of the bereaved.

  99. Gladys Parker permalink
    30/03/2018 10:01 pm

    I worry that our future generations are not safe in school doing what they are legally suppose to be doing. I, along with my daughter could home school my grandchildren, but what about the millions of students, due to no fault of their own, must go with fear every day? This has brought contention into my family. I will do whatever they ask to help hurry safer laws. Better background checks definitely, better mental health services of course I say starting at a young age. They have classes for art, music, health why not mental health and development. My son though, owns a high speed rifle “for fun” we disagree over the subject weekly.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/04/2018 6:05 pm

      I hear you… so much to consider but safety ought to be first.

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