Sad, scary, and depressing

May 25, 2022
NYT leading story 5.25.22.

Yesterday’s news is absolutely heartbreaking.

Thinking of the many families this has devastated.

Thinking of the fear and mistrust that is increasing everywhere else.

Thinking about the shocking fact that my children have to hear and think about this at all as a regular thing that happens.

Thinking of how little we seem to be doing about it.

I will be on the lookout for recommendations of where to donate and how to help, and will post them here when they are available. We will be donating to Everytown.

ADDING: List of places to donate and what to do from Cup of Jo


  • Reply Katherine B May 25, 2022 at 6:37 am

    I cannot begin to imagine how this must feel as a parent of children at school in the US, or understand how nothing ever seems to change apart from it perhaps getting worse. There are very many things wrong with schools, society, politics and culture in the UK but thankfully this isn’t (yet?) one of them. We do have very worrying issues around stabbings but those tend to be in lower numbers of victims and are not (yet?) in primary schools. Sympathies to everyone affected, which is basically all school aged children and their parents/families I suppose.

  • Reply Amanda May 25, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Just donated to Everytown. Thanks for linking!

  • Reply Alyssa May 25, 2022 at 8:23 am

    Thank you! Donated to Everytown.

  • Reply Mrs.Candid May 25, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Very sorry to know about the shooting incident. Nothing ever seems to change in the US though, people talk about it for a few days and move onto other things until another such thing happens again 😕

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 25, 2022 at 9:16 am

      Yes. It’s so sad and it sucks.

  • Reply Gillian May 25, 2022 at 8:57 am

    My son was in kindergarten when Sandy Hook happened about 30 miles from our house, and it was then and is now just so devastating to imagine what those parents must be thinking and feeling now. My heart aches. I am beyond frustrated that this is still happening and the rhetoric coming from those who could actually do something is maddening.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns May 25, 2022 at 9:02 am

    I am feeling depressed and down about this and hopeless that change will happen. It’s just unimaginable. Those poor families. Thank you for highlighting a charity to donate to.

  • Reply omdg May 25, 2022 at 9:18 am

    But not surprising in any way…

  • Reply Caroline May 25, 2022 at 9:44 am

    This morning my prayers sound like a scream-

    Call your Senator THIS MORNING (202) 224-3121 for Capitol Switchboard and demand they pass the Enhanced Background Check bill. Also demand they approve Dettelbach, Pres Biden’s nominee to lead the ATF.

    Children’s lives shouldn’t be political, everyone everywhere should be moved to action this morning.

    • Reply Heather May 25, 2022 at 9:58 am

      I’ve been calling and texting and donating for more than half my life, and things just get worse instead of better. I was reflecting on it this morning and at this point, I feel more like I need to take that physical, emotional, and financial energy and put it towards my children so that if they’re murdered in school today, at least I know I gave them a good life in the short time they’ll have had here. That seems to be the only real impact I can have.

  • Reply Amy May 25, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Thank you for highlighting Everytown.

    I believe it was your SIL you had on the podcast who brought up some of the work she had done in terms of educating parents to ask other parents if they had firearms in the home before allowing kids over.

    I remember hearing that at the time and it seemed so simple and common sense that in our country we should be asking, yet very few people do! I wonder if she has any other prompts or questions that could be posed to schools and businesses to find out more about their gun policies and safety plans to start these conversations. Unfortunately, I don’t think we can count on better policy, but I would like to know more about what schools can do in terms of security.

    I live in Chicago and this week a student brought a gun in their backpack that went off and injured another student. Illinois has some of the stricter gun laws in the country, but those laws didn’t prevent horrible incident. While I loathe that this is another issue individual Americans need to solve on our own, I just feel downright pessimistic at this point.

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