When I write, I actively try to make my readers think about my topic. Whether you agree or disagree with me, I don’t really care. If you’ve given consideration to my point of view and decide you disagree, that’s ok. My primary goal is to challenge you to think about my topic. If I have done that, I’ve succeeded. (You can always get around to agreeing with me later.)
But what should I say about a school shooting? They’re awful. They’re an attack of cowards. They’re a tragic reminder of the depravity of man. These things are all true, but none of us need our points of view challenged when the topic is school shootings. Everybody agrees that school shootings are tragic and awful.
Should I jump on a bandwagon of people calling for more restrictive gun control laws? (You’ll never find me in that camp, by the way.) Should I take the other approach and call for more freedom for people to carry guns to protect themselves (and those around them)?
Maybe I should talk about the misguided, obnoxious, hate-filled, hell-bound people of Westboro Baptist Church who are planning to show up at the funerals of these kids to “sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.” Idiots.
I have some choice words for the people of Westboro Baptist Church, but they’re words my Christian mother (who reads everything I write) would not appreciate. So, to avoid a lecture from my mom on using foul language in my writing, I’ll refrain from calling the Westboro people all those things, even though it’d all be true.
And I can appreciate the points of view on the gun control legislation – even the people on the wrong side of the argument – because what all of us want is safer schools. We want to avoid hearing about another school massacre. We want to know that when we send our children to school, they’ll be safe.
But now is not the time for those discussions, as we should not use emotion for political gain. There will be plenty of time for discussing school safety, gun control laws, and the [redacted] idiots of Westboro Baptist Church.
Now is the time to hug our children, tell them that we love them, and pray that psychos with guns remain as far away from them as possible.