And Now There’s Orlando

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..

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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.

June 17,2015

 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!

 http://time.com/4368615/orlando-mass-shootings-chart/

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.

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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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6 responses to “And Now There’s Orlando

  1. I can’t imagine the horror and grief of the families affected by the shooting in Orlando. Mental health care is far too low down on the list of priorities in the UK, too. We have had mass shootings here, despite our strict gun laws, and on top of this suicide is the biggest single cause of death here for men under 45. So many senseless deaths. Something has to change. I support the CALM charity but I feel as though it’s a drop in the ocean https://www.thecalmzone.net/about-calm/what-is-calm/.

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    • Hey, Helena. What a great group CALM is. Very interesting perspective. You know you can’t fix something unless you recognize there’s a problem. Looks like this group has done that and then taken steps to work with others. Thanks for sharing the link.
      Speaking personally, it’s difficult for all of us men or women who like to think we’re in charge or have been used to being in charge to admit we need help. Ask my family. LOL Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing this important link. 🙂

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  2. There needs to be stricter gun control/legislation in the U.S. And it’s not a cute idea to have “Miss Kitty” on revolvers as I have seen so children are enticed and it’s not cute to see pink rifles and Glocks as I have seen. The NRA profits from death.

    Marsha, I hope all goes well for you today with your surgery. Take care.

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    • Hey, Susan. I’m not against guns. I have my mother’s and have a CHL, but it was reidiculously easy to get one and the renewal process even easier. Who’s to say I didn’t have a nervous breakdown sometime during the 4 years and now probably shouldn’t have a liscence. Maybe we need a doctor’s note saying at least for right then we’re okay. Maybe we’ve finally hitting the tipping point in bodies, with even Trump saying he wants to talk to the NRA. It would be like Nixon going to China. Crazy world for sure. This is just a follow up visit after surgery last week.. Thanks for your thoughts. and for stopping by..

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  3. Thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families in all these shootings. The media keeps running the same horrible story over and over. ABC even put out a video taken by a survivor hiding in a bathroom. Why? And using the gunman’s face and name in all the news stories almost seems to glorify him.I hate to turn on the news anymore. You know there will be copycats killing people not because of any cause, but for their own glory and deathwish. I agree we need to tighten up the gun laws on the books, but people who are going to do these crimes will find a way to get the guns no matter what. We have an online auction we watch. Guns are on the auction! Buy them with no background checks. We need background checks before handing over a gun to a mentally ill person or criminal or a suspected terrorist. I’ll get off my soapbox now. Hope you get good reports on your bones and ligaments mending.

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    • Hey, JQ. Sorry to be slow to respond. Between ankle issues and the big computer, everything seems to take longer. Good news on a couple of fronts: ankle is making progress. Go back in one week to remove stitches and get more Xrays. Down side of this is I’m looking at 8 weeks of keeping my leg elevated above my heart. I was doing a pretty good job of keeping it up, but not above my heart! Odd (the second good thing) just when I get the big computer hooked up to the Internet, a thing I did on my own, and I’m so proud, now I need to stay off of it. I’ve got it up a bit, now, but no way as high as it needs to be.
      No apologies for your rant. What you say is just common sense. If we could just keep the extremes of both sides of the issue from stopping any kind of compromise, we’d make a difference. Thanks so much for stopping by. Always glad to hear from you. 🙂

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