I know that the reasonable thing to do is to turn off the news in the car. But to be honest, that's the only way I learn anything about what's going on in the world. Seriously. If it's not on NPR during my commute, I don't know that it's happening.
SO. The other day driving home, there was a story on the radio about a young boy who I think had died in an accident when he was playing with a real gun. Tae heard part of the story, and I edited it to tell her that the boy was playing with a real gun, got hurt, and had to go to the hospital.
We've been talking a lot about guns recently, as a result. Hunters in Peter and the wolf with guns. Police officers with guns. US Marshals with guns helping Ruby Bridges during civil rights. It's kind of funny - she calls a bullet a ball.
But Tae now knows that guns are dangerous. And this morning, as she sat on the potty, she asked me why police officers and marshals carry guns if they hurt people.
And I had nothing that made any sense that I could say to her. Except that violence begets violence.