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How can we stop the violence

Updated on December 16, 2012

When I turned on the news yesterday and heard of the horrific tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I couldn’t believe it; I was in total shock. I had to excuse myself to the restroom and privately bawled my eyes out. My heart was ripped out of my chest hurting for all the families involved and the community. I screamed at the top of my lungs, what has happened to us as a nation.

Later, I started reading what everyone was saying about the cause, the why’s. There were people screaming gun control, others were yelling we don’t have enough mental institutes, others were saying, if you don’t have money, you can’t get help if you have a mental issues.

Everyone is trying to blame everyone else for the problems we are having with violence other than blaming themselves. People wake up! It’s not the fact that there are guns readily available, it’s not that there isn’t enough mental facilities, or the lack of money. The problem is we as a nation, a society have lost our way. We have lost the core values, the morals that we once prided ourselves in. Treat your neighbor as you would be treated, don’t steel, don’t kill. I think that the majority of us have turned a blind eye to the real issue at hand, and that is we have lost control of our children, because we have turned a blind eye. It’s easier to ignore the problem than to fix the problem. We use Ritalin and Adderall to surpress bad behavor instead of listening and spending quality time with our children to teach them what is right and wrong. We must take back control of our children, we must start teaching core values, and morals once again.

Just thirty years ago you never heard of such incidences. The only violence you heard of was occasionally on the news of someone being murdered, gang wars or drug wars, and even then you rarely heard of such. You would have never heard of a mass shooting unless it was in a war. Today you turn on the news and mass shootings, murders ,rapes, and every other type of violence that you can think of is blaring through the TV. Everyone is trying to blame everyone except blaming themselves. People please wake up! We as Parents, friends, teachers, neighbors, and society as a whole have got to take a stand and start instilling morals and values back into our society and hold individuals accountable for their actions no matter how big or small. We need to become better parents and stop turning a blind eye, because if we don’t the violence is only going to get worse, and then God help us people. God Help us.

Karen Beth

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      Karen Beth 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Mio cid,

      You are so correct in saying that our state of mind didn't occur over night and it won't and can't be changed over night. If we (society) can wake up in time and start instilling the core values into our children we might stand a chance, but I'm affraid that to many people will forget about this latest tragedy like many others and continue on the path we are on now. I pray we all wake up soon!!!!!!

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      Karen Beth 

      5 years ago from Florida

      DouglasWW,

      You are so correct! We have forgotten how to really listen to each other and our children. It is so sad that we have forgotten the most important thing in life and that is the art of communication.

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      mio cid 

      5 years ago from Uruguay

      it will be a long hard journey in which we all will have to pull together because this didn't happen over night and won't be turned around over night either .And the problems the country is focusing on now although very important such as the budget deficit or economic downturn is not nearly as critical as is a mass shooting occurring somewhere in the country every time you turn around.

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      Douglas Warren 

      5 years ago from Auckland , New Zealand

      I pick up on your point about spending quality time and listening to our children. Life has become so full of distractions that we seem to skip the healing and essential activity of heart sharing and empathic listening, the kind of talking and listening that is essential for children to grow up making sense of their world. Without this in the home they will discuss their lives with peers who are no more experienced than themselves and convince each other of how right they are regardless of which path it leads them down. I believe one thing that has to happen, everywhere, is people really listening to each other, and especially to their children.

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      Karen Beth 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Mio Cid,

      I totally agree with you. One action or one person won't fix this epidmic we have now. However, if we all ban together and bring back the core values into the homes, and schools maybe just maybe we can get back on the right track. We have to start standing up, and stop turning a blind eye to the lack of morals, and values this country has today.

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      mio cid 

      5 years ago from Uruguay

      I think this particular form of crime is way beyond any single action anyone can do to stop from happening ,be it gun control ,or any other single measure .There were 12 of these incidents in 2012,and both the government and the people, us the american public seem unable to refrain from spinning it so it coincides with our political views and opinions,but in reality we should be able to see that obviously something is wrong with us as a country ,as a people, there is something amiss with our society if we are producing these monsters ,these horrible creatures capable of firing a weapon against innocent little children at close range and murdering them.I don't know what the solution may be, or what can be done, but I do know it's something that will require the whole US society to take part of and will require the whole country to work together to analyze, define, and become a country where these most unspeakable crimes are not happening every other day.

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