He was a young man in his twenties who smiled as he entered Tasso da Silveira school which he had attended years ago. He chatted with a former teacher, smiled at students and slowly walked up the stairs. Suddenly, he halted, took out two guns, pointed them at a row of girls and began blasting away. Children shouted in fear, girls ran toward the doors in panic, a few kids burst out the doors and ran down the street until they found a policeman who headed back toward the school. As the policeman entered, Wellington Menzes de Oliveira, was shot and then he used one of his weapons to kill himself. The 12 dead children represented the worst massacre of young people in the history of Brazilian education.
At the funeral of one of the girls, a mother asked the media: “Where is it safe? The moon?” A good question. I live in the United States of America, a country in which there are over 200,000,000 weapons. Of course, the reason for these weapons, according to the NRA, is to keep us safe. When will the people of planet Earth learn that weapons lead to death, and, all too often, to the death of the innocent. When will humans ever learn?