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It Hit Home

July 5th, 2022 at 01:18 am

I assume this made the news -- I don't know because our local news was covering it all day and I couldn't see the national news -- but there was a mass shooting today only fourteen miles away -- in fact, in the same town where I went to a baseball game a couple of weeks ago and got stopped by a train.

Six people died and more than twenty were injured. Some of them are being treated here in my town.

Somehow it is more horrifying when it is close by.

It happened at a July 4 parade, and the shooter was on a roof, looking down and shooting off his high-powered rifle. Children and grandparents were gunned down.  All festivities up and down the lakeside were cancelled.

The shooter almost got away. They didn't catch him until late in the day, when a cop spotted his vehicle. Really good police work, because in the morning, they didn't even know who he was.

I felt sick all day, but I did feel better once he was caught. Honestly, I didn't know if it was even safe to go out, not knowing where he was.

I don't understand how this can keep happening. Our country has gone crazy. 

11 Responses to “It Hit Home”

  1. Lots of ideas Says:

    I thought of you when I heard the news. It is always shocking when your area is the latest place for violence.

    I was two blocks from the finish line at the Boston Marathon when the first bomb went off. I am still angry about the damage and loss.

    The police were very professional in providing information and quickly catching the guy.

    But no place is safe.

  2. james.hendrickson Says:

    Condolences. I agree, its insane what keeps happening.

  3. Amber Says:

    I saw this last night and I want to scream at someone. These msss shootings have to stop. It’s heartbreaking. Whether we like Biden or not, it doesn’t negate the fact that no other first class country experience such horrific crimes as this on a regular basis. I’m really over it.

    I’m sorry let me get off my soapbox, praying for you, the family members of the victims as well as the community that this incident took place

  4. rob62521 Says:

    I cannot express my anger at this adequately. I do not want to get into politics and I won't. But I am sick and tired of people not taking responsibility for their lives and finding an excuse to do what they do when it harms others.

  5. Wink Says:

    I'm really at a loss for words. The only thing that I can seem to do to help myself cope with this ongoing and increasing violence, and to keep my own anger and sadness in check, is to try and dig deep and find a way to spread just a little bit of kindness to others throughout my day. It isn't always easy.

  6. honey Says:

    I have no words. Never a good time or place, but a 4th of July parade? Hope he rots in hell.

  7. Dido Says:

    Thought of you. Definitely must make more of an impact when it's a place you are familiar with. Patient Saver once drove me by the school where the shootings were in Newton CT a decade ago when I was visiting her and just seeing the site made an impression.

    Definitely a symptom of a country gone awry. The polarization and increasing extremism of both our political parties prevents compromise and the enactment of reasonable legislation.

  8. My English Castle Says:

    I thought of you too, CB. Glad your family is all ok, but I think I'm not alone just shaken and weeping, especially over the young boy shielded by his father's body. Who the h*ll sells people like that guns? Who can say how proud they are of their country faced with situations like this all the time?

  9. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I still don't get why there is even a debate about gun control? Ever report and survey I see says that majority of people and majority of gun owners believe you can have gun control without infringing on 2nd amendment rights.

    When they wrote it they were using muskets and not automatic rifles and extra large magazines. Nor do I understand why hunters need either of those two things?

  10. terri77 Says:

    I’m just seeing this blog entry. I’m so glad that you are okay. Yes, it’s insane that these things keep happening. I have lots of thoughts about gun control in this country, but I’ll keep that to myself. All that to say that I’m very happy you’re still here with us.

  11. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I was so sad when I heard about this. My first thoughts went to you and Laura and your families. It truly is senseless.

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