Something like what happened today? My inlaws all want to know why this happens "all the time" in the US, and why so many people kill themselves there and also murder children.
It comes up often in converstion, how violent the US is in their eyes. They always look to me, Miss US FlippIng Ambassador, to explain an entire culture of crazy (in their eyes) . My answers are never sufficient and my opinions are not always in sync with all of the U.S anyway.
One thing is for sure, is I feel the way everyone else does about all the lives lost in the shooting - this is not right, not normal. This should not have happened. I told my inlaws the shooter must have been very very sick, it is not normal (in any country) for someone to want to take the lives of so many innocent people big and small.
Here, when people hear about violence it is supposedly one type of person that is involved. The type the US media is always discussing but I will not as they get enough media coverage. Or at least that is what people assume, we have no way of verifying those facts.
Today I tried to explain to my inlaws how much good there is in the US, how the shooting today is not representative of all of us. They didn't believe me, and frankly? I don't blame them.
[my thoughts and prayers going out to all the lives affected and lost today in Newton CT at Sandy Hook Elementary. Words would never be enough, let alone a stupid blog post about what other people think around the world. My heart hurts for all the mommies and daddies not tucking in a little one tonight, sending as much strength your way as I have.]