This is traditionally the time of year when peoples minds stray towards the next year and they start to plan for the future. Its a time to dream.
Under these circumstances I can't help but think of all the plans and dreams that have been destroyed in Connecticut over the weekend. I also can't help but think this is not the way things should be.
I am not used to guns and find the desire to own them mystifying. I come from a country where the police are not routinely armed and where the owning of guns is the exception rather than the rule. With a few exceptions I do not see my old home descending into anarchy. It strikes me as odd that I now see police officers at football games, pacing the boundary of cricket matches and directing traffic, with a gun on their hip. I cannot see the link between guns and safety.
I hope that somewhere the political leaders in the USA find the strength to really do something about the types of gun that people can own and the ease with which they can be obtained.
If nothing else it may help some families see their dreams and plans come to life.
With all else that is happening we need to remember that there is also beauty in the world.
"We do not get to choose the times we live in - we only get to choose how we use the time we are given"
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