Monday, April 16, 2007

It Happens again

I'm just sitting here now pondering today's terrible events that occurred at Tech today. I'm angry! Those poor kids. I am watching various kids being interviewed on CNN right now and you can just tell that they are in shock. I can't even begin to imagine what their loved ones went through today. It's just crazy! I feel like no place is safe anymore. This type of thing seems to be happening more and more these day's. It makes you stop and think. How can I guarantee Abby's safety in this world we live in today. Is violence becoming the norm? I see it every day at work in the ICU. When I first graduated nursing school back in 1994 we rarely had a gun shot victim. Now we see them almost weekly. It used to be that when we got one of these patients the area that the incident occurred was in an area you would expect that type of thing to happen. Now these incident's are happening everywhere. The victims seem to be getting younger too. Why are guns so easy to get? Why do so many young people have them? How about all of the young people today who saw this and more then likely other prior similar incidents on T.V. How is this increasingly common occurence shaping their future expectations of our world today? Something needs to change and SOON! How can we stop this? That is the million dollar question. Man, I just really hate guns!

9 comments:

Sherry Mc said...

I woke today wishing that yesterday had just been a bad dream. We can't make it go away and it seems that no matter how hard we try, we can't protect our loved ones. It's going to take alot of prayers and more and more of us taking public stances on issues like gun control. Until we become proactive and find ways to get at the legislators and gun makers through their pockets it will happen again.

Anonymous said...

just remember, guns don't kill people do.

Julie said...

I think nursing is such a wonderful profession and I think it's fantastic that you are serving humans by working in the ICU.

Elisa, Jarrod & Thomas said...

Such a wate of all those wonderful lives. I can't imagine the pain their loved ones are going through.

Sherry Mc said...

Realizing that it is true, guns don't kill, it's the people using them that do, there are still two issues to face here. 1) It is far, far to easy to acquire a gun here in Virginia (where do a goodly no. of the guns used in crimes in other cities come from, you betcha, good ole Va. is for lovers. And 2) There needs to be a better way to pick out the psychotics and loonies that get their hands on guns. It is always so evident AFTER a crime like this that the killer had ISSUES. In this case he set fire to his dorm room his first year, his English teacher and the students in his class recognized a problem and "suggested" treatment but couldn't force it. The students even joked about him showing up some day with guns and doing just what he did. God forbid the university should take action that would disrupt a paying student. The other 99.9% of the students at Tech had just as much right to expect that it should for their own safety. Our society is so *&^%** afraid to speak up for fear of legal suits. We need to start putting ourselves and our loved ones first and start demanding that actions be taken to protect our safety!!! Getting these types of weapons out of the publics hand is the best way I know of to start. You don't go hunting deer with the guns he used.

Sorry to use your blog as a forum, Jen, but this has to be said. Mom

Jennifer "Jenny" said...

just a reminder, I do know that guns don't kill people. People do kill people tho, especially with guns!

My heart and prayers go out to everyone that has been affected by this horrific and tragic event....

Shannon S said...

heck, wasn't there something passed here in VA that made it a "right" to have a gun? Something ridiculous like that...

Lily's Pad said...

I agree with you; what a scary world we are living in. As a psychiatric nurse, I wonder what happened in the community mental health center he was treated at and did then not see signs of concern? Not to blame them, because many times there are no signs, or it is difficult to get through the system to do anything even if there were signs. But I do wonder what their reflection on his care is since it seemed so evident to so many in the school setting.

Mary

Lisa said...

My heart and prayers go to thoese all involved as well. It's been interesting talking with my grade 6, 7 and 8s about this. I tell them it all comes back to bullying. You never know how or who is going to react in such a violent manner. I know this isn't the total answer but I do feel that it's an easy start. The bullying and now "cyber" bullying is really getting out of hand. That mixed with mental illness can make for a deadly combination.