Gun control, mental health, politicians and the press
Yes, the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut were terrible. No one wants to see mass killings of any kind, especially involving young children. There are several points I would like to make on the subject.
First, kudos to the Connecticut State Police for assigning a trooper to each of the victim’s homes. The troopers’ job was to keep the press at bay and give the shocked families some privacy.
The stupid press still tried to stick microphones in the faces of young children at every opportunity. Very stupid CNN dropped news coverage of everything else for 6+ days and Newtown was the cycled, recycled and re-recycled feature around the clock. Perhaps our constant media coverage and profiles of the killer, after the fact, only serve to stir the pot. Perhaps the sicko saw himself becoming some sort of media sensation.
The ‘gun control’ issue popped up again and again as news media and politicians jumped on the bandwagon, along with Pres. Obama.
Less than 2% of criminal shootings occur with assault rifles, but we think trying to ban a certain type of weapon will solve the problem. Most mass killers have no criminal history and, as in the case of the Newtown killings, the killer was not a licensed gun owner. Tightening up on gun permits may make us feel better, but….besides, trying to prevent the sale of assault rifles and larger clips is kind of like closing the barn doors after the horses have escaped. There are millions of these weapons out there and any new laws would be goofy.
I am not a gun owner, never will be, but I know that stiffer gun laws have not helped in China, Norway, Scotland, Japan, England and dozens of other countries where mass killings have occurred. Loopholes in gun shows should be addressed, but again, few of the mass shootings have been traced to gun show sales.
The mental heath question? Most mass killers do not have mental health backgrounds. Oh, sure, they are all described after the fact as “loners”, but so am I, kinda. Truth is, most of the “signs” the media reports on after one of these mass killings could identify most of the population in one way, or another.
Schools need to be safer. How? By arming teachers, custodians, guidance counselors? The truth is that schools are safe, and if a killer wants to gain entrance, it is going to happen. Besides, what are we going to do with day care centers, shopping malls and movie theaters, to say nothing of workplaces.
Yell for the death penalty? Most mass killers end up taking their own life.
Too much violence on TV and video games? If that were the case we would have millions of mass killers.
Politicians will gain political points, NRA haters will parade, a host of TV personalists and psycho babblers will he heralded as wise, but in the end what will make the difference?
I may be old fashioned, but perhaps family values can be considered. In this age of one-parent families, nasty divorces, child abuse and a host of other social problems, maybe we cannot see the forest for the trees.