A lot of people are getting a lot of mileage out of this tragedy, including
newspapers like the DN and politicians who attend funerals of the victims the
media has turned into celebrity angels and celebrity heroes. I find this
monstrous bandwagon and its heart of opportunism disgusting.
My heart goes out to this grieving family and all who have been harmed by this
tragedy. And yet, as I drove to Church this morning and saw the
flags still flying at half staff, I couldn't help but wonder about the many
poor children of color who get blown away every day, due to poverty, drugs and
too many guns. We all see it so often that it almost becomes commonplace.
While I do not wish to diminish the pain of anyone, I think that as
our nation mourns the loss of sweet children from the "it's not
supposed to happen here" neighborhoods, we owe at least a moment of silence
for those who may wonder why their precious children did not merit this kind of
attention. It's the kind of not-so-subtle racism that many of us white
people scarcely notice, but must be terribly frustrating for those who feel the
Why is the first solution some people think of is ANOTHER gun?Change
your way of thinking and you may find a much better solution is right under your
What in Tucket? Your comment touched me. I was a teacher, I did have to
protect children, and I think I agree with you. If someone came through my door
and began shooting I would not hesitate to protect the children and would return
fire. Period. The End. Who would have ever thought it would come
to this. How sad.
If I were a teacher and were allowed to do so, would carry a concealed weapon.
If anyone tried to injure any of the children under my care they would have to
deal with me first. The loss of this beautiful child cuts deep.
I would just like to express my love and condolences to this lovely family as
they grieve for the loss of their beautiful child. May our Heavenly
Father's comfort be with you.
I live very close to the neighborhood in which Parker's church and the
cemetery are located. Although the funeral was private, it was amazing and very
touching to see the huge number of people lining the streets to pay their
respects and show their support to the family. Traffic came to a virtual
standstill and there had to be a large number of police officers out in the cold
to try to keep it moving.It was something awesome to witness.Now it's time to turn our love for this family and the others who
lost children toward seeking and finding carefully considered, reasonable, and
truly effective ways to prevent this kind of thing from ever happening again.It won't be easy. But if enough of us care, if enough of us are
willing to think and speak thoughtfully to others -- we can do it.We
just need to have the will to do it. Let's never forget little Emilie and
her fallen friends and teachers.
The words of the Governor Herbert and Church leaders are consoling. The words
they used "Horrible," "Tragic" and "We must do all we can to
prevent this from happening again," are on target. The reality that twenty,
6 and 7 year old children, were each shot several times with an assault rifle is
somehow missed. What is Governor Herbert's position regarding large
magazines and assault rifles. What is the church's position on this issue.
I know the NRA's position. "More Guns" and "Armed Police in
every school." I would like to know the Governor's position and the
Church's position. I think large capacity magazines and weapons of war,
like assault rifles should be banned. I wonder what they think??
You know, I love this family and this precious little life, and I have never met
them. I appreciate the example they set, both in life as well as in death. May
we each live our lives in such a way that our lives will touch a fraction of as
many lives as Emilie has touched in her short sojourn here. Thank you Emilie
Parker. You are as an angel to the rest of us, though we know you are much more.