Columbine, Blacksburg, Tucson, Seal Beach, Aurora, Newtown

The National Rifle Association has gone silent, hoping that we conclude there’s an inevitability to gun violence, call it an unfortunate cost of Second Amendment rights to gun ownership. That’s the exact reason we can’t become desensitized to the steady stream of incomprehensible violence.

We have to spend the next few months insisting that our Congressional representatives take the actions that Michael Bloomberg and Diane Feinstein described on Sunday’s Meet the Press.

We have to learn to think about mental illnesses like physical illnesses and advocate for more accessible and affordable care for the mentally ill.

We have to insist on people’s rights. To go to school, to go shopping, and to go to a movie without fear.

We have to resist the urge to arm more people. On the same Meet the Press, Bill Bennett (pundits should be like yogurt and have expiration dates) said we should probably have an armed security guard in every school. I thought of that when I walked into my YMCA Sunday afternoon to workout. The doors open for anyone and the membership check-in is about 30 to 40 feet inside the building. I passed 20+ people before having to show my membership card. Sometimes when the line is long, I just slide in behind it and head to the locker or weightroom. So unless we’re going to install TSA-like security at every YMCA, mall, and theater, I don’t see armed school guards as a solution. I recommend Jim Fallows position on this and his most recent Atlantic piece on the shootings (and Goldberg’s which he references).

We have to ask why, according to Mother Jones, since 1982, males are responsible for 61 out of 62 mass murders with firearms across the country. What does the fact that some young men more than young women want to physically injure and/or kill others say about our parenting of boys, our schools, and our culture? What changes in our parenting, schools, and culture are needed?

Lastly, an impassioned debate among two female writers—I am Adam Lanza’s Mother and Don’t Compare Your Son to Adam Lanza.

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2 thoughts on “Columbine, Blacksburg, Tucson, Seal Beach, Aurora, Newtown

  1. Great piece Ron and I especially liked the piece by Jim Fallows and even included it in my post as a resource on this topic which will be coming out a little later this morning. Of particular interests on how to reduce the violence was the suggestions made by a responder on the Fallows piece that talked about reducing the level of fire-power many of these weapons have that normal people have access to. Making changes with these seems like a sane gun control approach that even gun advocates could jump on board with.

    The other factor is of course is how to better identify what Goldberg refers to as the “non-adjudicated mentally ill”. Something I also address in my post

    • Thanks. Goldberg doesn’t factor in is that the homicide rate is down not because of fewer shootings, but because of recent advances in treating people with gun wounds. Considerably more people are surviving gunshot wounds as a result of better trauma center networks and docs applying lessons learned in treating soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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