Friday, February 16, 2018

Half mast


This was the first thing I noticed yesterday when I arrived at my grandson's elementary school to pick him up in the afternoon. The flag had been lowered to half mast because of the horrific mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The first thing my grandson asked me when we were walking to the car was ""Granny, why is the flag down?" I couldn't answer him. He is in kindergarten. He's only 5 years old. I admit I cried a little on the drive home.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.




24 comments:

Tom said...

...when will madness end?

Ginny Hartzler said...

I remember way back when it was considered dreadful to chew gum in school. And now it is beyond belief. I think automatic weapons should be banned. We don't need them for protection or to hunt. Kids should just not have this kind of fear in their lives.

Lowell said...

Lois and I both taught. One of our daughters teaches. One of her sons is now subbing. I don't think I could do it anymore. But nothing will change because our so-called "leaders" are well-paid whores for the NRA. Da Trumpf received $21 million from the NRA in the 2015-2016 election cycle. He yammers about how mentallly ill people shouldn't have guns but one of his first actions when he took office was not to help people get medical care but to allow the mentally ill to buy military-grade weaponry.

Not so long ago, guns were considered a bad thing; very dangerous. And people should not have guns. Machine guns or automatic weapons were illegal and people risked serious fines and jail time for owning one. We've come a long way on the wrong way!

And the 2nd Amendment does NOT allow every person in the world to own their own armory! It refers to a state's National Guard.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Mais uma tragédia, quando é que acabam com a venda de armas???
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

biebkriebels said...

Will this ever end? So sad for everyone...

Sandra said...

so sad and i would feel the same way you did driving home, 5 is way to young for all the anger and sadness in our world.

Adam said...

We have a solution to the problem, but we continue to be the ONLY country in the world who doesn't utilize it. Instead ammosexuals call for plans to make the problem worse.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Prayers

William Kendall said...

This does not happen in other developed countries with such regularity. The NRA is nothing more than a terrorist organization... with lawmakers in their pockets.

Sharon Anck said...

Oh my gosh, I totally understand. I wouldn't be able to answer either. I read Lowell's comment above and I don't think I could add any more. Except that our leaders are such hypocrites.

Susie of Arabia said...

Even though I live in Saudi Arabia now, this one hit me hard too. My son was in the Broward School District up through 8th grade and I also worked at his school. Something needs to be done. We need action, not prayers.

Christine said...

No shame in crying, Lois, I am heartbroken for the families in this latest horrific tragedy.

Stanley Hattman said...

A poignant image. Your grandson was quite perceptive and, yes, what does one say to him? What will it take to get sensible legislation? With all the guns out there already, there is little reason to be optimistic about future occurrences.

RedPat said...

I fear for the future in your country.

Small City Scenes said...

Sad indeed
MB

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Such a sad situation. Thank you for posting this.

Hootin' Anni said...

Yes...tears. In the aftermath of it all, I've been thinking of the heroes in all this...then, doing an about face with a song...'would you know my name if I saw you in Heaven'

It's heart wrenching, but I can't for the life of me think the shooter may have asked for help in a 'round about way & was ridiculed & ignored. Still sad...and what he did was tragic with so many lives shattered.

bill burke said...

That is so sad, kids don't even have a chance to be kids these days.

BeachGypsy said...

so so so so sad

Betty Crow said...

It would be difficult to make a 5 year old understand when I struggle with understanding myself. Such a horrific act.

Kay said...

I don't know why we still think that our votes count. Our safety, and our government, is bought and sold by the National Rifle Association. There is no reason any of our citizens need automatic rifles.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It must be almost impossible to answer those questions Lois, when it's almost impossible to understand ourselves xox

Angie said...

Something irrational cannot be explained rationally.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Lois. My heart aches. I didn't say anything on my blog (which is kind of a Pollyanna happy place sort of blog for me anyway) but I felt like we were close enough that I should have. So sad. When will it all end.