This may be hard for American's to admit at this time but yesterday's massacre in that elementary school in Connecticut could have happened anywhere in America.
That's a reality we haven't heard as yet, possibly because the incident is too fresh and people are understandably grieving for the parents who lost their children as well as for the other kids in that school.
For parents of elementary age children all over America must be stunned and shocked by yesterday's events and worried for their own children, considering the ages of the little kids who were unlucky enough to be in the classroom where the 20 year old shooter arbitrarily killed them without mercy.
It's hard to write these words.
But events like these keep happening in this country and guns seem to be the weapons of choice when and where these massacres occur.
We all know the response of the gun crowd when these things occur, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people".
Well sooner or later this dodge from reality will be dismissed as the idiocy it represents, sanity will prevail and the 2 nd Amendment subterfuge, which the NRA types keep waving in our faces will be overcome and won't get in the way of enacting real gun control laws in this country that could have prevented the 20 year old who did this yesterday from acquiring these type weapons and going on a shooting rampage.
It's also way past time for reflecting on what it is in America that causes these deranged people to snap and indiscriminately kill innocents.
Is it the American popular culture of violence i.e. movies, T.V., video games and the like that glorify killing? How about our military and CIA drone strikes initiated by drone operators sitting at consoles in the Nevada desert often killing innocents as they target and kill suspected "terrorists"?
Is that too much of a stretch to make these sorts of connections to yesterday's massacre of mostly kindergarten kids?
Then again we get some military types saying it's legitimate to target kids as young as 10 in Pakistan and Afghanistan because the Taliban sometimes uses kids in their insurgent attacks.
Of course we Americans mostly don't care what actions our government takes in our far flung wars where we've killed and maimed thousands of innocents, many of them children.
But it sure hits home when the massacres occur in America.
Yesterday should bring a wake up call in this country. Will that happen is the real question.