A name that for many years has brought smiles and giggles when people anticipate and later remember their visits to this magical world.
We took the kids and went with friends (who are now our spring break travel group) & their kids and spent almost a week in Datona Beach and Walt Disney World. (Everyone should go at least twice–once with your own kids and then with grands. If you don’t have those—how about nieces/nephews?) But I digress.
Orlando has now joined other names of mass shootings (The list goes way earlier than this one and with lots in between. I just started with one I was very aware of..
OCT. 16, 1991
22 killed, 20 wounded: Killeen, Texas Luby’s Cafeteria
March 24, 1998
5 killed, 10 injured: Jonesboro, Ark. (Two middle school boys who pulled the fire alarm to bring the students & staff into the halls and then shot them.)
April 20, 1999
13 killed, 24 injured: Columbine High School Colo.
Sept. 15, 1999
7 killed, 7 injured: Fort Worth Wedgewood Baptist Church
Nov. 5, 2009
13 killed, 32 injured: Ft. Hood, Texas An Army psychiatrist
April 16, 2007
32 killed, 17 injured: Blacksburg, Va. On the University of Virginia Campus.
Jan. 8, 2011
6 killed, 11 injured: Tucson, Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords suffered a near fatal head injury
JULY 20, 2012
12 killed, 58 injured: Aurora, Colo. In the movie theater
DEC. 14, 2012
27 killed, one injured: Newtown, Conn. Sandy Hook Elementary School
APRIL 2, 2014
3 killed; 16 injured: Ft. Hood, Texas An enlisted man was the instigator of this second attack at Fort Hood.
Charleston, S.C. Emanuel African Episcopal Methodist Church 9 killed and 1 wounded. A racist killing
Of course, other horrific events include the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. building in Oklahoma City. My daughter and I had just made a trip up there three weeks before for her to audition for their dance performance program.
And then, we all know where we were on 9/11. Literally no place is safe. But neither of these were shootings.
Folks. I haven’t even listed half of the shootings. I was shocked by all the ones I found with a simple search—mass shooting in the US. Oh my goodness.
This link shows a chart of all the killings with those murdered and those wounded. It’s quite astounding!
A few more specifics about the event I have personal experience with.
Less than 6 months after Columbine, a crazy man (a person with serious mental issue) shot up a Wednesday evening Bible study at Wedgewood Baptist Church. The church sat across the street from the elementary school where I was the assistant principal. Our school became the staging area for emergency responders and parents and friends as they waited for news of their loved ones. Because of this dreadful event, our schools, police, city, fire department, counselors etc. worked together to formulate plans for dealing with these kinds of mass emergencies.
Many of the individuals had mental issues as did the man in Fort Worth who shot up the church. Men (for the vast majority they are men) who’ve been in the mental health system. But who fell through the various safety nets for many reasons: not enough staff, not enough support systems, not enough half-way houses, not enough follow up, and lastly not enough sharing of info with other agencies. This last one is the kicker—our very rights and freedoms trip us up, and we become a danger to ourselves and others.
I guess at some point as more of these incidents happen, the pain will become enough we’ll take action. Plenty of options are possible, way short of removing guns from our homes. Yes, they might mean a loss of some of those very freedoms we all believe in and will give up anything to keep. I think if a member of my family was a victim, I’d be less likely to ignore those emails from the folks at Sandy Hook to send money to help try to persuade our legislators that something needs to be done.Now. We don’t need to wait for the next incident.
Take a minute to hug your family.
Do you have any personal experience (including yourself or family members) in a disaster (shooting or otherwise.)
Updates on my ankle next week. I go back to the surgeon today. Hopefully, I’m healing well, I don’t need the BIG codeine medicine for pain any more,
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