A Tribute to the Victims …

Wednesday’s tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has left a dark cloud over this nation.  While I will have more to say about how avoidable this could have been, and how sad that we, as a nation, place the value of our steel toys above the lives of our children, for today I find it more appropriate to honour the victims.  I cannot possibly do any better job than ThinkProgress has done with their tribute that includes pictures of 14 of the 17 victims, as well as a brief bio and some comments from friends.  And so with that, I ask you to please click the link below to learn a little bit about each victim in order to make this senseless tragedy a bit more personal, a bit more real.  And please keep the community and the families of these victims, many of them children, in your hearts and thoughts.

The Victims of the Parkland Shooting

Parkland 2

18 thoughts on “A Tribute to the Victims …

  1. Another tradgedy. My heart goes out to the families of victims. Yes…senseless, but this isn’t the time to rant. I feel so saddened that so many young, inspired children and their teachers, are no longer alive to make their mark in this cruel and hateful world.

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  2. Dear Jill,

    This is where the focus needs to be if we ever manage to light a fire under our GOP representatives butts to actually do something.
    Thank you sharing this post to honor those young people who deserved so much more. I have to get my hankies ready.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  3. This is beyond insane! Both Japan and Australia have discovered that tougher gun laws do, in fact, reduce this sort of thing. To be sure, there would still be problems, but at the very least there should be laws forbidding the sale of automatic weapons — as there were in the ’30s to prevent sawed-off shotguns, laws that were upheld by the Supreme Court as consistent with the Second Amendment.

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    • I believe that it is only a matter of time before the ban on assault weapons will be reinstated, but meanwhile, how many more will die? This will happen again and again until we do something, and the current bunch is disinclined to do anything that might cost them some of that NRA money. Sigh.

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        • But you know what the saddest part of it is? That far too many in this country will allow their votes to be determined by the trickery of the NRA and others. Instead of fact-finding and thinking for themselves, asking questions and demanding answers, they fall for the ads that are paid for by the NRA, DeVos Foundation and all the others who have a vested interest in getting certain ‘bought’ candidates elected. We can blame the lobbyists, we can blame the candidates, but at the end of the day, it valls on the shoulders of the citizens and their lack of due diligence. Okay … I’ll step down off the soapbox now. Just had to get that one off my chest. 🙂 Gave a great weekend, my friend!

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            • Actually, Hugh, while the education system has to shoulder some of the blame … not individuals like yourself, necessarily, but the system … I think the bigger portion of the blame lies with parents, or society as a whole. Parents are the ones that have given their children a sense of entitlement, while at the same time turning their children over to electronic devices — television, cell phones, social media, video games — to raise them. How many families still gather at the dinner table every night to share tales of their day? How many parents sit down with their children and help with homework? How many read bedtime stories to their youngsters? Rather, they throw money at them and then go on about their own business. Not all parents, of course, but certainly enough. And the lesson the kids learn? It sure isn’t the lesson about humanitarian values. It certainly isn’t the one about treating others equally and fairly. It is the one about ‘he who has the most toys wins”. Stepping down again now … 🙂


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