Super Sucky Feeling

There has been another school shooting, and at this point, I don’t even know what to think or say anymore. I have absolutely no answers or even suggestions as to what to do. I have prayed for the families and friends of those who lost loved ones and will continue to do so. I also won’t apologize for that, because honestly, that’s what I do when I don’t know what else to do.

But I also realize thoughts and prayers aren’t going to keep our kids safe in school, so I want to do more…but what? I can raise my two children to be kind to others and try to set that same example myself, but what else?

It’s difficult to even have reasonable conversations anymore. Everyone is so dug in to their respective “sides” that it’s hard to find any middle ground. And that’s where I am…stuck in the middle.

I’ve voted Republican. I’ve voted Democrat. I support the Second Amendment. We have guns in our house. But also think it’s ludicrous that we have such easy access to freaking semi-automatic weapons. If you know me at all, you know how I feel about politics. And if you don’t know me at all–let me tell you–I hate politics.

But today, a perfect stranger made me realize something (thanks Phil). Maybe it’s time I get over myself and start paying closer attention. So this is what I’m going to do. I’m going to look for organizations–NOT affiliated with a political party–who are working to facilitate change in regard to gun control and see how I can help.

The first one I’m going to look into is Moms Demand Action. I know nothing about them other than I like their Twitter bio–“reasonable solutions to address our nation’s culture of gun violence.” So if anyone has any personal experiences with them, I’d love to hear from you.

I’m also going to give listening a try. Here I am thinking I’m this reasonable down-the-middle chick trying to make sure her kids are safe, but I’m sure there are people on the left who think I’m a nut job and people on the right who think I’ve lost my mind.

So instead of assuming people are crazy because they think differently than me, I’m going to try and find out why they feel the way they do and learn about the experiences that have molded those feelings. If you understand where someone came from you can better understand where they are coming from, if that makes sense.

But full disclosure–I’m only having these conversations with people who are also willing to listen in return. If you look solely to an elephant or a donkey to make all your decisions, I’m out.

So while I still feel utterly helpless, I’m at least going to try and educate myself a little. And try to be nice to more people.

5 thoughts on “Super Sucky Feeling

  1. Chris Borland

    The middle is lonely ground.

    I spent an hour and a half at my local range today. Talked to some others that were training too. Spent the rest of the time wondering how we help people that feel so alone and hated that they are willing to indiscriminately kill others.

    I’m not sure what organizations are truly in the middle, but if you find one, I’m all in.

    Have a great day today and hopefully Beltre and Andrus will quit throwing sunflower seeds at you in your opens…

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  2. Mark Baugh

    I grew up hunting and have an unloaded pistol in my house, I no longer hunt, not that I have a problem with it, I would just rather watch baseball, listen to good music and read.I am not interested in taking peoples guns away and I don’t think most people are but I really see no reason for folks owning war machines like AR-15’s, however folks that do would see no reason for me owning more books than I can possibly ever read. At this point banning the manufacture and sales of these type of weapons to the average citizen will not solve the problem as there are too many of them out there but we need to do something. I have not researched it but Australia has I believe done very well with strict gun control. To do any of this we are going to have to get the politicians who are suppose to work for us attention and the chickenshit whores both R and D we currently employ are not going to do it thus we need to vote every single one of them out and if the new bunch doesn’t do the peoples will continue to vote them out until they represent us not their big money donors. That is the best solution this old man has and it probably aint happening. On a brighter note I enjoy your writing and Ranger work and it is going to take bright young Momma’s like you to fix this mess.

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    1. poshplay Post author

      Thanks for your honest and insightful thoughts. I know we can’t fix the problem, but at the very least I would hope we can make it harder for these mass murders to be committed. I think that would be a start.

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