I absolutely do not understand why tragedies such as these happen.
First, the Clackamas Town Center mall shooting, which is only about an hour away from where we live. I know people that live in that area. I know people that shop at that mall. I've been shopping there myself on occasion. On Tuesday when that happened, I wondered what our world is coming to that we have to be afraid to go to the movie theater, or go shopping at the mall.
Then today...I simply do not understand how anyone could possibly even consider killing innocent children. Babies really. It is unfathomable to me.
The fact that 20 children and 7 adults were killed today is heart wrenching. I cannot begin to imagine what those parents are feeling right now. I can't imagine what the community is feeling. I know that everyone I know personally has been feeling the need to hug their children and keep them close today, and we live clear across the country from where this happened.
Both of the gunmen this week have ended up dead. Forgive me, but if both of them were going to kill themselves, then they should have done just that! Killed themselves!!! They don't need to take everyone else down with them.
In addition to that is the trauma that every other person at the scene and in that community have to deal with for the rest of their lives. It is not fair that these kids have had their innocence ripped away from them in such a horrifying way.
My heart and my prayers go out to all those affected by both the shooting at the mall in Oregon and at the elementary school in Connecticut.