I’m going to post this and leave the subject alone….
Since the massive shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary I’ve been bombarded from people, as they know I lost my only child to gun violence 16 years ago. Yes it’s true. Every time there are these types of murders it brings up a lot of pain for me. I can’t tell you the amount of tears I’ve shed for those whose lives were taken in CT. 20 children and 6 adults.
Following the death of my child I became an avid supporter of SENSIBLE gun laws in this country. I became active with the Million Mom March and was part of the march on Washington, D.C. on May 14, 2000. The Mother who spearheaded the Million Mom March, Donna Dees-Thomases made our grassroots mission very clear:
"All Americans have the right to be safe from gun violence in their homes, neighborhoods, schools, and places of work and worship. All children have the right to grow up in environments free from the threat of gun violence. Gun violence is a public health crisis that harms not only the physical, but also the spiritual, social, and economic health of our families and communities. The availability and lethality of guns make death or severe injury more likely in domestic violence, criminal activity, suicide attempts, and unintentional shootings. It is possible to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by gun violence with reasonable, common sense policy."
Read my words clearly:
THE EFFORT IS NOT TO TAKE AWAY YOUR RIGHTS TO OWN GUNS!
The entire time I was involved with this movement (The MMM and the Brady Campaign) I found myself arguing with people who would say to me that we wanted to take away their guns. We want SENSIBLE gun laws. Assault weapons have no use in our society, unless you’re in Iraq/Afghanistan or on the SWAT team. You shouldn’t be able to go to a gun show and walk away with a gun. There really needs to be tighter regulations. Will it stop the senseless killing? I’m not stupid – but the laws need to change drastically.
This idea of arming Teachers is the craziest shit I’ve heard to date. That’s the last thing we need to do. I read an article about a Texas school of 110 students that is attempting to pass a bill to arm teachers. A better idea, to me, would be to take some of these Vets who need work and place them in the schools. They’re already trained and could better handle a situation that might occur. It would be a win-win situation in my opinion.
Lastly, as a mental health professional I’m appalled at the reference to the mentally ill. Not all mentally ill people will commit mass murder. This is not a one-size fits all.
Reportedly, the young man who committed this crime, (Adam Lanza) his mother was about to have him committed and had filed papers with the courts. He reportedly found the documents and they are now stating this is what set him off. Yes, many of these massive shootings have been tied to some form of mental instability, such as Columbine and Aurora but the way the press is reporting this, the appearance comes off that all people with mental issues will kill. That is simply not true. If Adam Lanza suffered from Asperger's syndrome you cannot then lump every person who suffers from Asperger’s with the ability to commit mass murder. We need to be careful how we label people. Many adults and children suffer from social disabilities. That doesn’t make them more likely to commit murder.
This is a hot button issue, I know. No matter what side you stand on the issue too many of our children and loved ones have died senselessly to gun violence. Where do we draw the line? The press reported that one of the Sandy Hook children, a 6 year old was shot 4 times by a Bushmaster AR 15. My God!