Which is worse: to stigmatize or to allow people to be at large with a risk of doing serious harm to others? We have a twin problem -- access to guns at large and access to guns by deranged actors, who are, or should be, known by society to exist.
Most human beings have a weird, yet totally normal way of coping with trauma -- especially when we are bystanders to things that happen on a national level. Psychologically, we tend to go through a three-part process.
When Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School, he was carrying a Bushmaster .223 caliber Remington semiautomatic. This is the frightening weapon he used to take the lives of 27 people:
Rather than demanding peace, I choose to create it by controlling myself. Peace isn't something that might happen out there; peace is something that I can intentionally choose to create from within.
My response to this event is what it's always been when faced with evil: to want to embrace what's good. It's the way I've dealt with evil all my life.
My firm hosts virtual career fairs for veterans and military spouses each month, and with the unemployment rate for younger veterans over 10%, I wondered why not offer School Marshall positions to them.
Most schools, if they have mental health professionals at all, maintain skeleton crews whose daily efforts cannot possibly account for the needs of all the children in their charge. This is especially true in our poorest communities. In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, this cannot continue.
Incidents like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting -- and the Portland, OR mall shooting, and the Aurora, CO movie theater shooting -- can leave many of us feeling helpless. They can make us wonder if prevention is ever possible. Do we even bother trying?
Earth to Governor Huckabee -- The shootings in Newtown Connecticut didn't happen because we don't allow God in schools. God lives in hearts, not in schools.
How awful that of all the things people could be blaming for this tragedy, whether it be lax gun control laws, poor mental health services or a failure of serious attention paid to troubled youth, this was where the fault fell.
Those children. How can this have happened? How can this be real?
How long after a tragedy is it OK to laugh, to worry about trivial matters, to live our mundane lives?
For a period of time, we forgot about online predators and scary people lurking around the mall, and instead re-evaluated that the one place where we send our kids to learn, socialize and grow up is not without risk.
If we want to sustain a nation of goodness, one that defies evil, maybe we should embrace the unfiltered missive given by Robbie Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emilie died at Sandy Hook: "May it be that this inspires us to be better, to be more compassionate and more humble people -- to better our communities -- at all times."
We need gun owner accountability above all else. If someone owns a gun and through their negligence the gun gets into the wrong hands, the gun owner needs to be held criminally accountable. Period.
In the wake of repeated tragedies like Newtown, we watch the same predictable conversations about guns and mental illness, with only an occasional mention that the overwhelming majority of these types of crimes are committed by men.