No doubt many of you will have seen the news today about the shootings in villages in Cumbria, resulting in 12 people dead and 25 injured.
Incidents like these never fail to shock me to the core. I will never understand what drives a seemingly ordinary man to commit murder indiscriminately on such a large scale. No doubt we will learn over the next few days that this horrendous crime was committed whilst the "balance of his mind was disturbed". Having worked in the mental health field, perhaps I should have some sympathy...or try to understand. But I don't understand and I don't have sympathy. In fact I feel angry that he ended up shooting himself. It's the coward's way out. Death is too easy...he should have lived and been made to suffer. I'm sorry if I offend anyone by saying that...I'm just being honest.
I remember feeling the same about Dunblane and Hungerford. I have a friend living in the Hungerford area, who although not directly involved, lost friends at the hands of Michael Ryan. I know that the people of Hungerford still bare the scars. How on earth can a community ever recover from something like this?
I hate guns. The gun licensing laws, in my opinion, are just not strict enough. Something really needs to be done...now...to prevent yet another tragedy like this.
I'm not religious so I don't pray, but my heart goes out to the people of Cumbria tonight.