If you haven't already, read this and this, two thoughtful posts from my blogging friends about the recent school shooting.
My four-year-old has lockdown drills routinely at his preschool - preschool. My eleven-year-old has an on-site police officer at his school (and apparently they need one). My daughter was friends with a boy that murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself perhaps because of some comments (really mean comments) on Facebook. That happened last year, but I know it feels to her like it just happened and will always feel that way.
Yesterday morning, I wrote my senators and representative asking them to actually do something. I let them know gun control and easier access to mental health services matters to me and my kids. I told them they need to work on the fiscal cliff issue and stop playing games. I told the Republicans on my email list that I will never again vote for any Republican (despite the fact I'm a registered Republican) until they change their attitude toward women and gay people.
I also asked them to get to work - working two days a week when the country is a hot mess is unacceptable. Are they accepting only 2/5 of their paycheck?
My husband and I agree on few things political - but we do agree on this: Congress should do their job. They should go to their office and work overtime until they have sensible resolutions to our country's problems. If they don't show up for work, they shouldn't get paid.
To get the contact information for your senators, go here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
For your rep, go here: http://www.house.gov/.
Please take a moment to express yourself to Congress to let them know we are watching - sort of like 1984 but in reverse.