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Saturday, December 15, 2012
The "magic bullet"
I have already gotten several e mails from people who want to know what they can do right now to stop crazy shootings like the one that just happened.
I too wish there were an easy solution to this complex issue. But like many issues there may not be one simple "magic bullet" to solve the problem Just as it was not a bullet or a gun that started the problem.
In my opinion, part of the issue has been a general shift away from a respect for innocent life at all levels in society. Be it in violent games, the media who will often empathize with the criminal more then the victim, the push for "sexual freedom" that dehumanizes the most easy to victimize among us. violent movies where the criminal is often on equal ground with the hero. All these things I think allow people with Susceptible minds to somehow justify inhuman acts.
Another issue is there are some people who are just mentally unstable no matter what they are taught. I have always said one of the worst things the state ever did was close many of the mental health facilities. Now, those same mentally ill just fill our jails and prisons.
While there have been advances in medicine some people refuse to take them and some people just snap. When that happens there is very little a caring society can do to stop their immediate actions against themselves or others.
At best, we can minimize the damage they do. In this regard I support stronger safety measures at schools. Some sort of immediate response capabilities should be available to those who wish to protect children at the schools from imminent harm, not minutes away as our very dedicated local police unfortunately are.