I have family who live in Joplin, MO. My husbands highschool was there. I have a first relative who was a nurse at St. Johns Hospital that was destroyed. I’ve seen the flattened scenery near St. Johns and have known people who have lived through it, and have lost loved ones in it. I’ve heard the calloused responses from those saying “Why would they live their anyway? It’s called tornado alley for a reason”.
That is the price that the people of Joplin pay to live free.
The same could be said of Moore, OK who had 2 elementary schools decimated today in the second deadly tornado in little over a decade to go through their area. As much as they are in mourning, I am sure that many of them would agree that they have chosen to live there, even after the destruction that had occurred their previously.
Sandy Hook was not a natural disaster. It occurred in a building where children were SUPPOSED to be safe from other human beings at least. A crazed individual with a firearm slipped past security and shot up a school. Sad, and I am sure that all of the parents were NOT for firearm restrictions (Not like the parents of the kids lost in a tornado ) But are random spurts of gun violence the price that we must pay to live free? Or can we control guns better than we can tornadoes and with little to no lost freedoms? I am not convinced. I am sure if my child was lost in Moore, OK, I would have to admit with heavy heart that I chose to live there. If my child was lost in Sandy Hook, it is much easier to react out of grief, even rashly sometimes, to try and change things. If things can be changed for TRULY the better… I wish them well and all the best in their efforts. At this point, I am not convinced that gun control will be truly the best for us as a nation. Meanwhile, the grieving families of Moore, OK are in my prayers today as are those from Joplin, MO and Sandy Hook… I can’t imagine the sting of losing a child would ever go away.