We have spent much of the day pondering the horror of Sandy Hook Elementary School In Connecticut where twenty children and eight adults were shot to death today.
The one thing that comes into sharp perspective immediately is the insignificance of most things in our lives when confronted with the knowledge that at least 28 sets of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and friends will have a huge void in their hearts. For some of them the nonsense of the Mayan calendar myth and the end of the world will seem factual. Obamacare, legislative committee assignments, and city council resolutions are of no consequence.
Already GOOGLE MAPS has a debate raging over gun control. Crazy, angry youth brought up on violent video games bring untold sadness to a nation. The GUARDIAN thinks the on-line and computer “shooting games”
like CALL OF DUTY can be a contributing factor for certain behavior.
Pyscho docs on the cable networks are jabbering about “tipping the scale and triggers,” causing the deadly behavior.
A TV news talking N.Y. copper opined that a good security staff at the school could have, “sent the shooter to meet his maker and the kids to milk and cookies.”
There will no doubt be rounds of “evaluating security procedures” in schools and counseling sessions for those afraid to attend classes. The far right will advocate guns for teachers and principals. The far left will seek to ban firearms. There is no answer.
Until we can understand why people dressed in black open fire at Columbine, Virginia Tech, the Aurora movie theater, the Portland mall, or Sandy Hook school the innocents will continue to die. If only we could program these troubled souls to shoot themselves first…
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