An Unfathomable Act Ruins a Season of Joy

December 18, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

I suppose as a journalist I should read up on all the news and information of the day. However, after hearing about last Friday’s horrendous shootings in Newtown, Conn., I haven’t read one story or watched one minute of coverage about it – as they said in the movie “A Few Good Men,” I simply cannot handle the truth. It’s just too sad.

If they say ignorance is bliss, I choose to stay as ignorant as possible. That’s the only way I can cope with something as tragic as this. If there is any way to shield myself and my children from the violence in the world, especially at this time of year, I’m going to attempt to look away, turn off the TV, silence the radio and peruse the comics rather than the front page.

They planned to increase the police presence this week at the schools in our county. I know my kids will be asking what’s going on. Again I refer to another movie in which I feel somewhat like the father in “Life is Beautiful” who tried to shield his son from the horrors of a German concentration camp by keeping a cheerful attitude and avoiding telling him the real truth about where they were.

With the spate of mass shootings we’ve had over the last few years across the country, I would hope that more funding will be made available to post-traumatic stress syndrome programs. I feel for the families who lost their children and the kids who lost their friends. They may have emotional scars for many years to come. We should be able to provide the counseling they will need.

The news of all this violence is just too noisy. I, myself, during Christmas would prefer a silent night.

Let us know how you feel about this issue and if any government programs could help prevent such tragedies in the future.

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