My son will start Primary School, a big step into the adventure of education. And I hold so many dreams for him, that he will love learning as much as I do, that he will treasure the library, that he will be surrounded by teachers and students who are all tuned into the world wide web of education. For me education is freedom, and without access to education, how will a society grow and develop? And education must be available to all, not a select few who can afford to send their children to school.
And with my son moving from the confines of kindergarten, my thoughts go out to all those touched by the Sandy Hook massacre. I am still moved to tears by what happened to the children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and wonder at what kind of society values guns over children?
I am sincerely grateful for the tight gun controls that Australia has, which were implemented after the Port Arthur massacre. For it takes a lot of courage to stand up and enact laws that control guns. The lobbyists are fierce, and the money great. But why is that it has to take the blood of innocents before politicians can find the gumption to do something?
I am hopeful that change will occur and that no more innocents will be sacrificed on the altar of the gun.