by Melissa Hemingway (Feminine Perspective Staff writer)
March 25, 2018 – Paris, France — You pack your kids up for school, see them onto the bus, and then you start your day. Mary has a cough and she sounds a little congested. First stop is the pharmacy.
Little Brian says the classmate beside him in 1st grade makes fun of his shoes. Ok so Disney kid characters are out for now and Justice League is in. How is a mother to know? Mothers do know not to question the logic when you see that look in their faces. Whether it makes a functional difference or not, grade one ridicule is just not needed, so Walmart for shoes and the pharmacy for Mary in one stop.
It’s a plan. First to Starbucks to get the heart pumping with coffee and answer some PTA emails and family email stuff–a favourite aunt’s birthday is on the weekend and Brian’s fave cousin is looking forward to some fun play-time. It will be great. Email sent, schedule set, coffee finished and it’s time to hit the road.
Next the minivan is pointed toward Walmart. Don’t forget to pick up extra socks for Mary. (Why does the sock monster eat Mary’s socks and not Brian’s?)
A parking slot at the front of the store beckons with no challengers. The sun is shining. God was good when he made this day, you think.
Gosh. Kiddies shoes are so adorable. Tiny. And look. It’s uncanny, the superhero shoes for Brian are so adorable and a slightly bigger version of what he wore when he was toddling around at 14 months. These cute little shoes are so small. Dad’s shoes look like boats in comparison.
Remember those lengthy outing preparations when Brian just over 12 months babbled, pointed and showed you the pictures like a Justice League expert instead of going along with just wearing the shoes and jumping into the shoulder carrier to get out the door. Hah hah. Sweet child. Precious moments on memory lane. These are the shoes he says he wants. You are a hero. You feel great. You feel love. You found your baby boy his shoes. You stand up straight, proud as heck and get back to the real world.
An eerie dark feeling of loss descends like part of your heart just fell away. Hollow. Empty. What was that? A strange feeling. Must have been bent over looking at kiddy shoes too long.
You take the shoes toward the checkout a little disoriented and pass the home entertainment section where rows of television screens are lit up.
A crowd has gathered facing the TV sets. Shooting at the school. An armed guard at the school killed the shooter with the guns.
Minutes later, bodies are being carried out of the school.
No survivors among the injured. OMG One of them looks like Brian. [Gasp]
Your baby is dead, killed so that a huge gun industry making money for a patriarchal greedy lunacy can keep chugging down the rails with fat cigars and bourbon. Gun sales are up and little Brian, your sweetie is killed.
At the funerals people have nice words to say and politicians make speeches about how tragic your loss is but the thing that they do not say is that your heart will never heal and you will not forget this day until the first spade of dirt hits your coffin at your burial. That’s how it is when a family loses a child. Try tell that to a gun lobbyist.
To any of you who just teared up remembering your loss I can only say baby girl now a broken-hearted Mom that I hurt for you and fight for women and children’s lives even harder.
UN Human Rights Commission Needs Hard Look at USA
America is not going to fix this problem any time soon.
As millions of our sisters and their kids and dads took to the streets in March 24’s March For Our Lives globally in solidarity with American children, Donald Trump was spending his 101st day since taking office, at the golf course. As CNN’s Dean Obeidallah put it, ‘…Trump should have been at the March’. He wasn’t tweeting about dead kids he was tweeting about Russian/Trump Collusion in his 2016 election. What’s the point? It’s clear as day that crooked Hillary and crooked Donald both did everything they could to fiddle the system. As for the Russians interfering with elections– is the Pope Catholic?
As one American March For Our Lives sign said, “the only thing easier to buy than a gun is a politician”.
In America, politicians in the majority have forgotten the masses of people they represent and pay their attention to those with money in their pockets for them. Why is it so easy for them to overlook the murder their greed is causing? They don’t care.
Why has the value of human life in America dropped?
Because WASHINGTON has been killing too many hundreds of thousands around the world, it became easy and the people became mere objects. Now that mindset has impacted children’s schools in America, and it’s worse than ever. Kids are now statistics in the USA. But the world is fed up with this American bloodiness that has hit the kids, and it must stop. If America does not clean up its act it will soon face global scorn and an intervention.
– Melissa Hemingway (Feminine Perspective Staff writer)
Kids March For Our Lives Across America & Around the World
March For Our Lives Pennsylvania Ave March 24 2018 in Washington Photo: Alex Brandon AP
American Gun/School Incidents in First-Quarte-2018 Which is not over yet.
|January 9, 2018||Forest City, Iowa||0||0||A man shot a pellet gun at a school bus full of children, shattering a window. No one was injured|
|January 20, 2018||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||1||0||A student was fatally shot at a party at 1 a.m. on the campus of Wake Forest University.|
|January 22, 2018||Italy, Texas||0||1||A 16-year-old male student fired at a 15-year-old female classmate that he had briefly dated in the cafeteria of Italy High School. The gunman left the school immediately after opening fire and was arrested.|
|January 22, 2018||New Orleans, Louisiana||0||1||Shots were fired from a truck in the parking lot of NET Charter High School, targeting a crowd of students during lunch time. One student was slightly injured, apparently from injuries unrelated to gunfire. One person was arrested in connection with the shooting.|
|January 23, 2018||Marshall County, Kentucky||2||18||Marshall County High School shooting: A 15-year-old male student shot 16 people in the lobby at Marshall County High School and caused non-gunshot injuries to 4 others. Two 15-year-old students died: one killed at the scene, another died of wounds at Vanderbilt Medical Center.|
|February 1, 2018||Los Angeles, California||0||5||Two 15-year-old students, a boy and a girl, were shot and injured inside a classroom at Sal Castro Middle School, which shares a campus with Belmont High School. Three other people suffered injuries unrelated to gunfire. A 12-year-old girl was arrested and charged with negligent discharge of a firearm.|
|February 5, 2018||Oxon Hill, Maryland||0||1||A student was taken to hospital after exiting Oxon Hill High School and going to speak to individuals in a vehicle who then attempted to rob, and subsequently shot and wounded him in the school’s parking lot. Two other students were arrested and charged with attempted murder and robbery.|
|February 14, 2018||Parkland, Florida||17||14||Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting: A 19-year-old former student whose behavior had led to discipline issues, began shooting students and staff members with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after activating a fire alarm. 17 people were killed, and 14 others were injured. The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, blended in with the crowd of fleeing students and was arrested in a residential area of neighboring Coral Springs after walking away from the school. He was later charged with murder and attempted murder|
|March 2, 2018||Mount Pleasant, Michigan||2||0||Central Michigan University shooting: 19-year-old student James Eric Davis Jr. shot and killed his mother and father when they came to campus to take him home for spring beak. After the shooting Davis fled and the campus was placed on lockdown. Around 15 hours later police arrested him and took him to a local hospital. The incident disrupted the travel plans of students and campus activities for several days. Davis was charged with two counts of murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm used to commit murder.|
|March 7, 2018||Birmingham, Alabama||1||2||Huffman High School: One student was killed and another injured when shots were fired in the school building, prompting the school to go into lockdown shortly after the bell rang for school dismissal. Law enforcement originally labeled the shooting as “accidental”. Subsequently, a 17-year-old male student was charged with manslaughter and will be charged as “being a certain person forbidden to possess a pistol”. Although the school has metal detectors, they were not being used that day. School resource officers were onsite at the time of the shooting|
|March 14, 2018||Birmingham, Alabama||2||1||University of Alabama at Birmingham: A disgruntled employee entered the UAB Highlands Hospital on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and shot two hospital employees, fatally wounding one, on the second floor. The perpetrator then shot and fatally wounded himself.|
|March 20, 2018||Great Mills, Maryland||2||1||Great Mills High School: School placed on lockdown after a shooting occurred in the morning. A 17-year-old male student, armed with a handgun, shot and fatally injured a female student (with whom he had a prior relationship) and wounded a male student. The school resource officer fatally shot the perpetrator, while the perpetrator simultaneously shot at but did not harm the resource officer.|
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting
In a little over 6 minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured and everyone in the Douglas community was forever altered. – Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting