Newtown CN

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.

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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