What needs to be done to stop these killing rampages?
School shootings in Columbine.....Mall shootings.....movie theater shootings...now innocent young children????Why???How do we stop the insanity??
seeing how the media sensationalizes these kinds of things makes me wonder . i'm starting to think that the media is one of the main reasons people do this. everyone wants to be known world wide, just for some people it doesn't matter how.
I think you are right....but it's just sooo very sick and sad the lengths one will go for attention.
that's for sure. it's the only thing i could think of as a reason why so many people do these things and it bothers the heck out of me.
I think we need to focus on mental illness instead of gun control. The media seems to just mention it in passing, almost an afterthought, like 'oh yeah the guy had some mental problems, but the gun was a ...." They know gun control is a hot-topic issue in our society, so of course they milk that for every dime it's worth. It's how they make a living, and I don't fault them for that.
If we made mental illness a hot-topic in our society, media coverage might well follow suit and help do something about killing rampages. At least it would be a start. Just my two cents' worth.
We can stop the insanity, if each of us try to maintain the mind of Christ, who followed in the footsteps of his Heavenly Father Jehovah. We are God's creation and because many have decided to stop putting faith in their Creator, these individuals are now without their operation manual, given to us for proper functioning which is the Holy Scriptures. Some even go and seek other gods which causes them to believe that they need protection through weapons and violence, along with other things that are not in harmony with God's original purpose for mankind.
It takes humility to say that we are in desperate need of the instructions from our Creator. Each of us must admit that and then do something about it. Otherwise, we will continue to experience senseless violence where young and old will die without a true understanding as to why these things happen.
The information found at www.jw.org has been a tremendous help to our family, concerning answers to a lot of our questions.
In a country that was based on freedom of religion you're not likely to gain an overall consensus of which faith to follow. In fact many wars have been fought over religion. Thankfully out the 330 Million people in the U.S. most of us are sane.
Angelladywriter: thank you for your soulful answer. If only everyone were so spiritual and believed in something other than violence and media and self-attention. It's just a sad sad state of affairs. keep believing and knowing your truth!
America is a violent country and always has been. It's been reported that the U.S. imprisons the largest number of it's citizens than any other free democratic country as it is. Unless we are willing to strip away individual freedoms and remove their rights/expectations of privacy by installing cameras in their homes, basements, garages, track their whereabouts 24/7,ease drop on all conversations, review all emails and purchases made, make wearing ankle bracelets mandatory, station the National Guard with metal detectors at all public facilities... and on and on.....etc
You would still not be able stop someone who has made up their mind that they are going to kill them self and take out as many people as they can with them.
Criminals and the mentally insane do not follow laws. They break them! We'd stand a better chance of catching these people before hand if they "hired" others to do their deeds. There would be a remote possibility that a person might report their plans to authorities. However when the plan remains only in the killer's mind...how is anyone going to stop them? Even if we could "read minds" we can't lock anyone up until they start putting a plan into action.
Some of us blame the media for their extensive coverage but I imagine if the media ignored the story there would be (more) people upset with that. The government would be accused of hiding another fact from the people. It's a no win situation.
Our nation severely drops the ball in the mental illness arena. The ridiculous notion that a mentally ill person will be helped or cured by sitting in therapy for 50 minutes once a week is just ludicrous. They need intervention.
When I worked in a therapist's office, we had clients that would be sent to "Pathways" for a week of intense therapy, medication changes etc. Then they are released. They might handle life for a short time then back they would go. There has to be some kind of answer and frankly, I don't know what it is.
It's always very shocking to hear of these mindless killings. They happen all over the world and are a symptom of the malaise within western society as a whole. We have to face up to some ugly facts:
1. Some of us are sick in the head, some of our close relatives are treading a thin line between sanity and insanity and it's up to us to try and identify them before deeds like this occur. But I suspect that in today's fast society we're too busy or distracted to recognise the signs and when we do we can't decide what course of action to take.
Mental illness comes in many subtle shades and it's a difficult thing to get to grips with, particularly in your own family. I presume this latest murderer had relatives who knew him but didn't want to say anything to him, or suggest he seek help from a professional? I'll bet they wish they had now.
I would urge action if you suspect that any member of your family has mental health issues that need addressing.
2. Weapons are too easily available for those young and suggestible types who crave attention. You can get guns on the internet if you know how. If you live outside the USA it's a little trickier but you can get guns if you join a gun club.
In the US buying a gun is as easy as buying a bar of soap isn't it? How old do you have to be? 18? 21? That's far too young.
USA wake up!! Why not put an age restriction on gun ownership and purchase? Thirty five years old? Forty years old?
Why not reduce the number of gunshops/stores? Is it so vital for you to all own a gun? Doesn't this create tension and fear, make it a norm for your society? 'If my neighbour has a gun then I'll need one, after all it's my right, it's in the constitution. This wouldn't be the US without guns around every corner.' How many US citizens think along these lines?
3. Schools and other similar places need protection - fences, gates and 24 hour security. It's a shocking situation to be in but surely it's worth a few hundred thousand dollars to prevent these senseless slaughters. How many more rampages are there to be before action is taken? Every school should have security guards, substantial and permanent.
There's no other way to stop these mass murders.
Respect.... this starts at birth, children need to be taught respect... once you gain respect in all homes, you will see a shift in society.... from an early age, we teach our children to think for themselves, and respect for authority is not taught... As for the killers that are mentally unstable our mental health services are not what they should be, many people have children they can not care for, but there is no where to turn...
But respect would cure more of them then you want to believe...
More psychiatric beds and a return to simpler and faster civil involuntary commitment to the institutions.
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