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Friday, December 14, 2012

Today's Tragedy-National Reflection Required

Today the US, for that matter the world is stunned with what happened to 26 innocent victims today.   The horror of it can't be adequately described in words.   The unimaginable sorrow that the parents, siblings, families, and friends of the victim's as well as their neighbors and community is beyond my comprehension.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all of them.

My question is how can our society continue to allow this string of mass shootings or in this case, mass execution continue to occur?   Every time this happens information becomes available that there were warning signs-Fort Hood, Batman Shooting, Columbine, Arizona-whether it was on you tube, their doctors, their parents-still nothing happened.  Why-because I believe that it is almost impossible to accept or believe that people-family for example-are capable of doing the harm and damage that occurs.  I am not against people owning guns, I am against automatic weapons, I am against guns that any police department is against.  I am against no background checks.  If someone wants hunting guns, no problem, if they want concealed weapons and pass a background check I am fine.  The question is can or how could a background check identify anyone who might be a potential lunatic?  With HIPPA I am probably going against what is even remotely possible.   My real issue is that after all of these shootings-nothing seems to change in any way at all, they just seem to be happening with greater frequency.  Perhaps this is an overall societal problem where we have "objectified" the human being via video games where explicit mass murder by individuals is rewarded in a virtual world, in movies where human life is again shown to be cheap in slasher movies, and other movie forms.  This is a systemic, societal problem which needs to be addressed, by whom I do not know-perhaps by every family, community, mental health doctors, and more.  My heart goes out to the victims and their families today.  When one see's the President of the US, wiping his tears, pausing on national TV then we have perhaps reached a point where the time for change is here.