caucasian family at dinner table
As I listen to the debate over gun control, it appears to me that we're missing the point. The focus is on the weapon of choice instead of the source of pain that causes the horrific crime.
We've become a society that no longer embraces family values. Children are raised by child care workers and teachers, spending most of their formative years separated from their parents. How can we look at this and say it doesn't cause development issues? Yet our society portrays this as normal and works to convince us of such.
No longer do families sit around the table over dinner discussing the day's events and sharing their lives with each other. We've turned our families, intended to be a blessing, into a burden in our lives.
We as parents have made choices in life that were based on what we want instead of what would be good for each other. We debate the symptoms of our choices, but fail to address the underlying issues.
We turn on the TV and find what was once inappropriate is now considered normal. We've become a nation where entertainment is all about violence, drugs, alcohol and sex. Do we give any thought to what this does in the minds of our children, or for that matter in us?
What happened in Connecticut can happen in our schools, in our theaters, in our community. My challenge is that we wake up and take a stand for what we know is right before we find it's in our own homes.