Joan Remy: There is no one answer to school shootings
February 21, 2018
Millions of people are once again feeling the effects, each in their own way, after the recent shooting and multiple deaths and woundings at the high school in Parkland, Florida. There will be countless discussions and solutions presented.
Will banning AR-15s and stricter gun laws or having armed guards standing at the doors of schools prevent imbalanced people from finding a way to destroy others whether in schools, offices, malls, churches, movie theaters, etc.? The black market will always provide anything and everything you desire.
I am not part of the NRA, but I do not fault this organization. I believe if not guns, other types of weapons will be used to act within the anger, voices in their heads and total loneliness and despair.
Mental illness and imbalance take so many forms. People are very good actors when they are hiding and hurting.
I took one semester of Taekwondo at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs — I would highly recommend for children and adults. Although I loved the stances and beginning techniques I learned and the amazing teachers, I decided not to continue due to situations occurring in my life.
One very important lesson I learned, besides many others, was to always be aware of your surroundings as you take each step. It doesn't matter if you live in a small town or a city, it is important to be cognizant of everywhere you walk, those approaching your personal space, your neighbors, your family, etc. You don't have to be a "watch dog," just be aware and listen to those strong feelings and act on them.
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This is not a new concept. At this time, we have more avenues to turn to and assist those that may be in an imbalanced state and can't or won't reach out for help before it is too late.