Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mass shooting - how to deal?

Another mass shooting just few months after at a massacre at a movie theater in Colorado in July.  The latest one, at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut took life of twenty innocent children and teachers,  and forever changed lives of the families of the victims. 

How much longer till something will be done about gun control?  And I don't mean the insane idea of arming the teachers!  The second amendment (the right to keep and bear arms - US Bill of Rights) was adopted in 1791! I believe that times changed since then. 

We also need to tackle the problem related to a free or affordable mental health help, problem of unwanted children (planned parenthood), lack of interesting and affordable after school programs, and problem of increasingly violent movies and games. All of these issues contribute to the problems we have as a society.  Unhappy childhood, lack of professional help, boredom, easy access to guns, trivialization of the violence and glamorization of the aggression in our pop culture is an easy recipe for the disaster. 

Post from Bill Maher's Facebook Page

According to the MotherJones report Between 1982 and 2012 there were 62 mass murderers and more than three quarters of the guns possess by the murderers were obtained legally! 

In a words of comedian Eddie Izzard : "They [NRA] say that 'Guns don't kill people, people kill people.' Well I think the gun helps. If you just stood there and yelled BANG, I don't think you'd kill." 

On Friday in China one mentally ill creep also went on a killing spree - He attached 36 kids - hurt 22 - killed... O - The numbers would look different if he have assault weapon. Why an average citizen  need a weapon large-capacity magazines?

I agree with Maher, that just hugs and preyers won't change much. Not in a political arena. But they can help to cope on an everyday level.  How to talk to kids about all the cruelty of the world?  Someone posted this on Facebook and I plan to teach that to my three girls: 

Here are tips for Parents and Teachers from the National Association of School Psychologists (NSAP) how to help children cope when national tragedy happens.