We live in a crazy country. Dave and I have been thinking, all day, ‘What if it had been Jaymee and Leo?’ Why, oh why, cannot people see sense about gun control? Apparently this guy had his mother’s guns… and I know full well that a lot of neighbours here in Oak Ridge TN are ‘proud’ that they keep loaded guns in their bedside cabinets. We thought about the several US school massacres and also the government official shot out west, who thankfully made a miraculous recovery.
And then I remembered that there was a madman too in Norway – surely a civilised country – that killed more.
I decided that I was glad that I was flying back to UK towards the end of next week. And then I remembered Dunblane – where a crazed ex-pupil shot up a primary school in Scotland – when Andy Murray (UK tennis star, just in case you’re in doubt) and his brother were pupils there.
I speak as someone who knows at first hand what it is like to be shot at. In Scotland, too, as it happens. But the scale of this outrage bears no comparison.
So in UK, where they have some of the tightest gun control in the world, it can still happen. There’s no easy answer to this, is there?
OMG. We so feel for those kids and for their parents. For the kids who survived, too, who have to live with this memory the rest of their lives. Chad, very appropriately, has candles burning in the gym, and there is a strange atmosphere of respect and caring which I cannot describe. There are tearful guys there, and no-one is embarrassed.
I have tried to explain this to my son Leo, who watched silently the TV coverage for a while until we decided to turn it off. But, how to explain something so senseless? He, and we, must be so thankful for what we have.
No guy pix, and no book plugs today, guys. I’m sure you understand.