What can one say? How do you address madness and evil coming together to create such utter chaos and tragedy in the lives of innocent victims and their families?
Like many of you, I have been immersed in the events unfolding via CNN in the wake of the horrendous killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
I am numb and shocked and angry and tearful. I am sure all of you share these emotions and hope that we can share our feelings and thoughts about the horrendous murders at Sandy Hook.
We all know who the killer is, so you will not find his name in this article.
What can we do? What can our government do?
– Ban violent video games. Just totally ban them. For some people, their lives revolve around these games to the point that they cannot discern virtual life from reality. For many, especially those with fragile, fragmented minds, life is one big game, one sickening destructive game and, at some point, triggers a button that enable them to enact these games in real life.
– Ban violence in the entertainment industry. Personally, I am sick of the violent lyrics in songs, the reenactment of those lyrics on stage, the gore and horror in the movies and television. Truly I could go on and on. And, for those who feel it is a free country, well, how free can we be if we are held victim because of this level of violence?
– Advocate new laws into how mental illness is going to be addressed. Presently, severely mentally ill people are permitted to roam the streets simply because it is their right. Or they fall through the system. They are out of control, aimless, helpless, desperate, you name it. These people are very, very ill. It is not a physical illness like heart disease or cancer but, at the end of the day, it is a real illness that can negatively affect the lives of others.
– Ban the guns. Who collects rifles? Who? And why? Is this necessary? Find another hobby.
– Bullying at every level needs to stop – to the point where the person bullying face legal charges. It happens at school, in the work environment, on reality shows – it’s all around us and it is horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE.
Since 9/11, we have been coping with the threat of terrorism throughout the world. It was a life-changing event in our lives where time stopped and hearts were overwhelmed with sadness, fear and helplessness.
But, with this recent slaughter at Sandy Hills Elementary School, it is becoming increasingly evident that we are becoming our own worst enemy
Changes need to be implemented – and now -for the world to evolve into a caring, nurturing and safe environment.
May God Bless the precious, beautiful victims and their families. My heart and prayers go with you every day of my life.
R.I.P. (list courtesy of the Huffington Post)
– Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
– Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
– Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female.
– Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
– Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
– Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
– Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
– Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
– Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
– Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
– Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
– Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
– James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
– Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
– Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
– Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
– Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
– Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
– Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
– Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
– Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
– Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
– Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
– Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
– Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
– Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female