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The Children Speak – #NeverAgain

politics guns photoAs a therapist I read threads on how to speak to your children about the FL school shooting.

I can’t hear it.

I am paralyzed.

All I can do is post stupid memes on FB that do nothing. I can’t find the words professionally or personally for myself, let alone my children, or any children that I see in practice.

     “I would rather not be alone” they said
     You’ve Done Nothing (said one girl to Trump)
     Blood on Your Hands (is another meme)
     Nothing Since Columbine (all other countries have)

And yet here we are. Do you understand, you nameless and shameless senators what this means. Have you ever had your children be AFRAID TO GO TO SCHOOL? Wake Up!

When you were growing up did you hide under your desk in fear of nuclear war with Russia. Well this is worse. This is HOMEGROWN terror in our midst. Where I live we voted out the local County Legislator because of gun shows. Stand up. VOTERUNLEAD.ORG might be a good place to start. Run for office. Scream. Speak to Oprah. Talk to people who are real people. Tell elected officials to shed or shred the NRA. Moms Demand Action!

And yet the children are grieving.

What do you think this vicarious trauma and direct trauma is doing to us as a nation?

  • The Washington Post reported: On the morning after the shooting, she tweeted to Fox News host Tomi Lahren, “I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours…You don’t know how it felt.” But what she mostly felt now was numb, because as her tweet amassed more than 890,000 likes, she did interviews with CNN, “Inside Edition” and more media outlets than she could keep track of. When the cameras turned off, she got into her mom’s SUV, shut the door and cried.

Oh so you like your guns? Everyone can agree that there is a time and a place for a gun. But NOT NEVER IN OUR SCHOOLS. Teachers don’t want to bear arms.  The article says this is NOT good for children.  They will be scared, “Children do not live with the same mental boundaries that we as adults live with. That is why they need us to insure their safety through the work of our minds, not the formative force of a gun.”  Common sense, people.  Finally, if you have any time read the New Yorker article on LOGICAL ARGUMENTS FOR COMMON SENSE GUN CONTROL.  It could be as easy to eradicate radical guns as immunizing against the measles.  All we need is the public will.

This revolution will be tweeted from our children. No longer are we protecting them but they must protect us. From ourselves.

Photo by AK Rockefeller

The Children Speak – #NeverAgain

Donna C. Moss

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Moss, D. (2018). The Children Speak – #NeverAgain. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 22, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/sext-text/2018/02/the-children-speak-neveragain/

 

Last updated: 24 Feb 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 Feb 2018
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