So this is for all you foreign countries wagging a finger in America's face this morning, thank your lucky stars you don't have guns in your country. Thank your sea gods and reclining buddhas and temple shrines, thank your holy books and your wooden deities... else what happened in Sandy Hook would be a weekly occurrence in your land.
When I was teaching in Saudi Arabia, and the male students would open the page to reveal a female picture, they ALL would take out their pens and stab and cross out and slice up her face. Why? I would ask. And they would ALL say because she was a whore. During EID holiday when a goat was slaughtered, they would ALL pass around phone videos of this bleating, screaming animal having its throat sliced open slowly and maniacally, standing in circles in the corner laughing and leaping up and down in elation. When there was a fire at that girls mosque, and all the young children were evacuating and scurrying outside, and the mutawa locked the front doors because... how dare those women and children step outside without their faces properly covered in hijabs... how dare they bring such dishonor? And dozens of young girls died... or when my students found out my last name was Jewish and half the class refused to work the rest of the afternoon making throat cutting gestures at me, dragging their thumbs from ear to ear laughing saying, "Allah Akbar. Kaffir. Allah Akbar!"
So, as sad and horrible and soul wrenching as this tragedy is, and how anybody with an ounce of humanity is gutted by the events of Sandy Hook... just don't you dare say this is an American problem. It's not. It's a sign of what lays ahead for the world.