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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Another sad day today.

Yesterday at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec a 25 year old man walked into the cafeteria and began randomly shooting at students. One young woman was killed and 19 others were physically wounded. 10,000 other students were emotionally and mentally wounded along with the terror and anguish their families went through while waiting to hear if their babies made it off campus alive. You can read today's article about it here. Say a prayer for them all will you? Someone's family is broken now and 19 other families are praying that theirs won't be too. It will take a lot of time and healing before those students will relax on campus again and for their parents to stop being afraid of having their children away at school.

Today I challenge all of you to do your best to teach your children that every life has value. That someone's death matters especially theirs. There are too many movies and video games that show people on both sides of the law casually killing people and cracking jokes at the same time. Like it's no big deal that someone just died. I know movies are fake, most kids know that movies are fake, but do they know that the attitudes in them are fake too? Can we really believe that they will take only the good messages out of everything they see and ignore the bad just because we do?

Human life in today's society has less value than that of a pet's life. Did you know that in Florida it is a criminal offense to starve an animal to death? It's called Cruelty to Animals and carries a heavy fine and or jail time. It wasn't a criminal offense to starve Terri Schiavo to death though. It is our job as parents to educate our children and to teach them values, and in today's society, we can no longer expect them to simply understand that every human being has worth and that their death matters.

I also challenge you educate yourself on gun saftey and storage. That would not have prevented the man in Montreal from accessing them as he was old enough to get his own, but maybe in some way it will help to prevent someone else from getting hold of a gun someday.

Canada has a mandatory gun registry and while I don't mind the police knowing where guns are in the communities and cities they are to protect, I don't think that that will make much difference to the criminal element who won't bother to register their guns. They are already criminals after all, what's one more broken law to them?



Kathleen, Angie, would you please send your snail mails to duchofb @ yahoo . ca I have a little thank you for helping Sam package for both of you. Kristy, I already have your snail mail. Since there were only three people that told me about their donations, I'll send a little something to each of you with the yarn, needles and stitch markers going to Kathleen as the draw winner. Anyone else who donated, I thank you as do all the women and families affected by Ovarian Cancer.

7 Comments:

  • I know movies are fake, most kids know that movies are fake, but do they know that the attitudes in them are fake too?

    You're absolutely right. There is such desensitization to violence - it has to change.

    By Blogger Maureen, at 11:20 AM, September 14, 2006  

  • E-mail on the way - thanks.

    I have been praying for the Montreal students and their families since I heard about this terrible tragedy. :(

    By Blogger Kathleen, at 11:45 AM, September 14, 2006  

  • My prayers are with the injured and the lost and all of their families in Montreal. It is disheartening to see these things proliferate. I appreciate your encouragement of others to teach their children. We forget sometimes how much a little love and guidance really counts for.

    By Blogger Kristy, at 12:11 PM, September 14, 2006  

  • I saw an article about this horrific event and am so sad. What happens to someone that they are capable of this?

    You and all of the Quebecois are in my thoughts.

    By Blogger Liz K., at 2:06 PM, September 14, 2006  

  • I accept your challenge and I will pray for those families and for the country of Canada, believe me we here in Colorado know how you feel.

    By Blogger Hoban Family, at 11:43 PM, September 14, 2006  

  • Challenge taken! That sad news was broadcasted even here in Croatia!

    By Anonymous sandra, at 12:39 AM, September 15, 2006  

  • I read about that. So, so tragic.

    By Anonymous Amber, at 1:05 PM, September 16, 2006  

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