When Resilience Fails

Another Mass Shooting Event

Another mass shooting event this week

What do we do when resilience fails? Or maybe, more accurately, it is not nurtured. Like you, I grieve over the multiple shooting events in the US over the past few weeks. On May 24, 2022, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, United States, killing 21 people, including 19 children. There were shootings in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico over the last few days but not of a young adult gunning down children. I understand from experts that contagion is real and mass shooting events come in waves. Unfortunately, the 24/7 media cycle doesn’t help the cause. As much as people have a right to know what’s going on worldwide, I wish a news blackout happened from an emotional well-being standpoint, and to help stop the potential spread.

Can we fix public schooling risk

Public, private or homeschooling?

However, I know that is just as real as believing that banning guns solves crime. I’m not going to bore you with the FBI statistics; you can Google them. Regardless of your beliefs on the issue, we can agree that none of us want mass shootings to continue. No parent should live in fear of dropping their child off at school. One answer is homeschooling or private school, where these events seem to happen less. It’s still a risk and not a viable option for most.
 
Plus, that doesn’t solve the problem.
Mountain living is isolation

Run for the hills?

Experts better explain the complexity of the challenges in this area. You probably struggle as I do to make sense of these acts and vainly try to problem solve like an armchair quarterback. Would increasing community planning or policing help? Would culture-building in an increasingly alienating society fix the issue? Are our mental – social health systems broken? Would more or less legally armed citizens make a difference? What could drive individuals to kill people they usually don’t even know? The mental health experts insist this is not an effect of illness. So what, then? Consistently, I’m left with more questions than answers. Sadly, I just wrote on mass shooting risk last week after the Tops grocery store shooting. 
 
Then, finally, I wonder if it’s time to go live on a mountain. 
Grieving for Texas Today

Resilience rebound

But then my resilience kicks in. I refuse to accept that so many good citizens in the country don’t also want the same end to these killing sprees of senseless violence that I do. The only tool I have is to refresh my resiliency, grieve for the dead and those left behind, and resolve to continue to make a positive difference in the world in the ways I can. That is by supporting and contributing to spreading resilience in all its forms. And then, I pray it makes some slight, positive difference in our world. It feels inadequate, but it is the only hope I have. 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Hi Ashley. This is a subject of great contention in our house. My daughter is a teacher and we want better controls around guns. Types of guns and who can own any gun. My husband thinks any restrictions will take away our amendment rights. It’s very important that we find a solution to this devastating situation. My daughter wants to leave teaching, she is worried about sending her son to school in the future and questioning bringing more children into this world. It’s not just because of this situation but all the hatred that continues to propagate in this world. Things need to change, no wonder mental health issues are escalating. Wishing you the best.

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