💔 maine

Naively, I expected Maine to be safe.  

My takeaways:  
  1. I've said it multiple times--military weapons do not belong in the hands of civilians.
  2. The person of interest has a history of mental health issues.  I carefully explained to my classes that having mental health issues DOES NOT CAUSE this type of behavior.  There are millions of people, like me, who have mental health issues but do not commit major crimes.  Mental illness might provide a vulnerability especially if he was hearing voices, as reported.  We must not let his mental health issues be the primary description of this man's actions.

It's been a long and stressful day.  Heightened awareness, vigilance, and increased security measures are tiring.


Twindaddy said...

When is enough enough?

The Gal Herself said...

1) To borrow a phrase my British friend said to me after 9/11, "Welcome to my world." 22 Chicagoans were shot last weekend (5 fatally) and it's so ho-hum no one talks about it anymore. Just another weekend.

2) I am so sorry this is happening to you. It's oppressive and hard to shake. Even though I'm sure, statistically speaking, you're safe.

3) Your students are lucky to have you.