Two words: Newtown, Connecticut. Replayed violence, mass casualties. The Dec. 13 event finitely ripped apart and carried away many children’s lives. Teacher guardians, a principal and the perpetrator’s mother were struck down.
What was the state of mind of the perpetrators?
Continually there seems to be a recurring answer to the above question.
How did such perpetrators gain access to lethal weaponry?
Culpability with regard to security lapses should be determined. Note that legislation with threat of punishment with regard to underage alcohol on homeowner’s property sought to limit drunk driving. I feel that analogous measures should be promoted and swiftly administered with heavy penalty if another’s weapon is used in an assault by a known, mentally unstable perpetrator. There is never an excuse for a person with dangerous mental illness to be able to seize or secure a gun. Culpability should, in the same measure, extend toward those who sell weapons knowingly to a mentally ill person.
What is main stream media’s role in the horrific events spiralling out of control? In my opinion, the main stream media has been partially responsible for continually promoting a violent message as a steady diet. It seems that the market is the dog which wags the tail. Viewer consumption of blood and guts, and minute by minute detail may include viewers in society which are violently and mentally unstable.
- People With Mental Illnesses Aren’t Actually More Prone to Violence (thinkprogress.org)
- Sorry Everyone, Now We Are Not Allowed To Talk About Mental Health Either (wonkette.com)
- The other conversation: America’s decrepit mental health infrastructure (tv.msnbc.com)
- Initial Thoughts on the Newtown Shooting (thelivingnotebook.com)
- Mental Illness and Murder… and stuff (thesynergisticpen.com)