This will not be the last time that some deranged lunatic will unload his or her weapons into innocent bystanders. Men, women and children will continue to die at the hands of people who will not be motivated by faith. Perhaps it is the right time to label all such episodes as terror attacks.
The fears of being a casualty of a public mass shooting can longer be criticized as irrational. It is an act of domestic terrorism that knows no geological preference, nor does it discriminate against age or nationality. Americans are being terrorized by fellow citizens, their own community members.
Three years ago, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school happened. The carnage and inhumanity at Sandy Hook has become so commonplace in American culture. Three years later and I am tired and dare I say becoming desensitized.
What words are left? If we as a nation are willing to allow mass causality gun crimes to go unanswered with legislation that could make a meaningful difference in the lives of our people, what words are left to share with those killed at the social services center in San Bernardino, CA today? Do we share with them the same words of comfort and promises of action that were promised to the children massacred at Sandy Hook or the young college students murdered in Roseburg, Ore. earlier this fall? That fact that people are still able to purchase weapons of war, some of which were appropriately banned under the now-expired Assault Weapons Ban, is a moral failure on the part of our nation.
This year, as we approach another dark winter, another anniversary of the Newtown shooting, and another Chanukah season, the world is once again reeling from one communal tragedy to another.
Gun violence in the schools has received a great deal of attention, especially in the years -- inclusive of similar incidents -- since the most famous of the initial wave of school shootings at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado on April 20, 1999.
David Lenio of Kalispell, Montana, who is awaiting trial for threatening to shoot school kids and religious leaders, is active on Twitter again despite a court order that released him without bail into the custody of his investment banker father in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on condition that he stay off social media.
I don't get the gun thing. Wasn't raised with guns, and don't think I've ever held one. If you disagree with me -- and have read this far -- you do get it. This seems like a good start to an important conversation.
I invited commenters to present an alternate perspective via interview, and David Anderson responded. David has been a member of the NRA for 50 years (he joined as a Boy Scout), and is a firm believer that the right to gun ownership -- as protected in the U.S. Constitution -- as a form of both procuring sustenance (e.g. through hunting) and for the purpose of self-defense is both fair and necessary.
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Currently, the largest national prescription for school shooting prevention happens to be active shooter training. Everyone wants to be prepared. And we should be. Just like we need to be prepared for all types of disasters, manmade or natural.
Psychologists today understand that when individuals act against their own better interests, unconscious processes in the form of a complex are most likely at work. These same unconscious processes can also operate in a nation's psyche.
I remember going to school in the days and weeks immediately following Columbine. I was in high school in Beech Grove, Indiana. The shooting came as a shock, a wake up call for the nation and we thought, a way for my generation to begin to make it right.
Almost three years have gone by since the horrific Newtown, CT shootings, and here we are again: Ten dead, and 20 injured in Oregon. Yes, there have been school shootings in between (approximately one per week), but the similarities between Chris Harper Mercer, Elliot Rodger in 2014, and Adam Lanza, revolve around suspected autism spectrum conditions.
The newly anointed front-runner for the Republican Party also has a new idea for gun control. But is it a good idea? Would it have stopped the Oregon killer, or even the South Carolina shooter? And would fellow Republicans embrace it?
The victims and heroes and families should serve as a reminder of the very real, lasting human cost of these shootings. I have never lost a loved one to gun violence but perhaps it's time all of us start acting as if we had. Maybe then we'd do something about it.