Tonight, I watched the Summer Premiere of The Fosters on Freeform(aka ABC Family.) I love this show. The kids are down to earth and real. The moms are fantastic. It's a great show for tweens, teens and families. I watch it with my kids, but I'd watch it without them. I love the show.
We watched tonight.
As you can gather from the promo, the episode was about a troubled kid who brought a gun to school. There's a lot of back story to his actions, but the thing that stands out is that this was a good kid from a good home(at least he seemed to have everything material given to him.) His father kept his gun locked up, but his son knew where it was and took it. This kid could have been any child in our kids' classes. That's why it's so scary.
This episode scared the crap out of me. I watched these moms trying to stay together and do their jobs while their FIVE children were in a school lockdown situation. I imagined myself in their position. I watched one of the kids stand on the toilet seat in the bathroom and hide from the shooter. It was emotional.
The show is a two part episode and I won't give away any spoilers, but it was ironic to me that this episode aired on the same day that the senate refused to do the absolute bare minimum and voted to continue to allow people on terror watch lists to buy guns! They also voted against closing the gun show loophole and requiring background checks.
The votes in the senate today had NOTHING to do with banning any guns. It was about requiring background checks(that are supported by 90% of the country) and keeping people our government has deemed dangerous from getting guns.
These people can't get on an airplane to fly from Des Moines to JFK, but they can go buy an AR-15 and use it to kill whoever they want and over half of our senators think that's perfectly ok.
Let that sink in...