Simply changing the verbiage and discussion about these tragedies does not address the underlying issues and concerns in the first place. For those with mental health instability, in whatever form and whatever the label, our country has failed them and our mental health system remains broken.
Plenty has been said and written about those wonderful, loyal and courageous animals, the Military Working Dogs. But these intelligent animals not ...
I know that it is not a simple or easy task to make these decisions about who we provide treatment for, and in what setting, especially since it involves the civil rights of individuals. But I cannot help but conclude the pendulum has swung too far in one direction.
After a week which began with 12 killed at a Navy Yard shooting in Washington, and continued with 13 shot at a South Side park in Chicago, we still can't get Congress to pass legislation on background checks.
It is the aftermath where the president and other leaders once again offer their "deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, and where we all wipe tears from our eyes, go home -- and nothing happens.
The Navy Yard. The Farmers Market. The Second Amendment... ...
I believe that in the interest of the greater good would be federal legislation mandating anyone with certain psychiatric diagnoses (Paranoid Schizophrenia, certain types of dementia, and other psychotic disorders) be entered into a federal database, prohibiting them from gun ownership.
I delivered this sermon on Rosh Hashanah morning. Who knew by the time I would be able to edit and publish it we would be faced with yet another mass murder, this time at the Washington Navy Yard? If ever there was a time that we Americans must speak up about sane and sensible gun control the time is now.
Every time there is an incident of gun violence, we are told that it is the fault of an individual. This is a distraction that keeps us from examining a failing system.
You will wish with all you have -- all that you are -- that your loved one came home that Monday night, not that you are left with a piece of your heart now missing, splintered with shards of sadness.
This is not only about the Washington Navy Yard and Sandy Hook and Colorado and Virginia Tech, horrific events that make headlines; it is also about the over 300 people, including 50 children, that are shot every day in America.
What if the law-abiding and god-fearing gun owners actually led the way to limit access to guns by those bad, lethal apples?
Yes, we know that your corporate overlords are demanding that you do your work faster and cheaper -- but you are slowly and most assuredly killing the only thing we need from you: accuracy.
Every day we have is a true gift, and as these tragedies have shown, it is important to enjoy each one. Before you go to bed at night, think of how lucky you are to not be one of the many people --- in Colorado, in Blacksburg, in D.C. -- whose lives have been cut short.
The best way to protect our kids from feeling rampant anxiety is to build secure attachments with them and take reasonable precautions to live safely. And then, as in everything, we have to choose hope.