Saturday, 15 December 2012

What are you going to do to stop the next one?



Today's aching question: how can someone be compelled to shoot and kill a room full of five year olds?

In the land of "super-size me," it is no mystery that the founding framers' need to create the US Constitution's right to bear arms (so that people could kill their food for their daily bread and protect themselves from the odd grizzly--and, yes, possibly keep those slaves in line) has now morphed into: "Dude. Supersize me to an AK-47, or yep, add on two more, to go with that ammo pack."

Bigger.

Better.

Faster.  

Meaner.

And absolutely fear-based.

A centered person, secure in what they stand for, and at peace with who they are and the unpredictability involved in each move of this game called Life, is not compelled to pack (or hoard) heat for protection.

So all of you ranting about the fact that we need to control the "lunatics" and not guns?  An anxious, paranoid, angry personality is the prototype that would feel the need to daily pack heat or has that "just in case cache" to defend themselves from "the others."  

Many of them are your neighbors. 

Add to that a culmination of events in their life that fuels a healthy dose of anti-social characteristics, down right meanness, a vindictive mission and a hearty death wish and you have a recipe for the disaster like we've witnessed today.

Oh, but we need to keep the guns out of the hands of those big, bad criminals.  Yes, that's the gun-control answer.  

Is it?

These "criminals" that have committed such crimes are One Goh, a former nursing student who sprayed gunfire around a classroom killing seven people in 2007; Seung-Hui Cho, 23, Virginia Tech student who killed 32; Charles Carl Roberts, 32, a milk van driver who killed five girls; Jeffrey Weise, 17, who killed nine; Eric Harris, 18 and Dylan Kebold, the infamous Columbine killers who took 12 lives, which doesn't sound so much after today; Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, who killed five at a school in 1998; 14 year old Michael Carneal killed three and wounded five in 1997; shootings in movie cinemas . . .  and some young person that felt the need to take out a classroom of five year olds today.  The list will continue unless something changes.

See the common thread of crazy, lunatic, criminals with guns?

No.  

You don't.

What you see are mainly kids and adults who you would never, ever, pick out of a line up for the United States' biggest and baddest threats to society.

What you see are scared, frightened, depressed, paranoid, angry and suicidal people-- who decide to bring others down with them, to make some sort of statement.  Without a gun with the kick to achieve these powerful killings, they likely would have passed, without our knowledge, as another silent suicide.

With 88.8 guns to every 100 people in the United States, it is just too easy for someone to kill themselves and others with a gun. What is mind-blowing is that, I would venture to guess that 99+% of the people I associated with while I was in the US did not own guns.  

No, rest-of-the-world:  aside from the picture that statistic paints, not all US citizens are gun-toting.  

Where are they all?  

With a long, strong history of firearms, why would we be so naive to think guns would not proliferate and be easily accessible to our young people?  

Why wouldn't there be a faction of American citizens looking for more, bigger, and better like some do with cars or computers?

And New Zealand?  With your climbing suicide rate?  

Be warned.  

Thankfully your population is statistically a spec compared to the United States, but this common denominator of suicide is frightening.  

Suicide-murders happen because, very occasionally, when a person is despondent enough to kill themselves, their judgment button is a total fail and they decide to take others with them. 

And don't think copy-cats do not exist.  

Look at today. And all the attention this horrible, irrational act is receiving and how it will continue to be highlighted. 

Right now a depressed and angry soul is out there studying the coverage and looking up to the killer(s) and imagining their own "what if."

What are you going to do to stop them?

3 comments:

  1. Great article, Becky. I never knew the States had such a high gun totting population.
    Let's hope the gun regulations never get amended in good old Godzone.

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  2. Thanks Cerise. I think these repeated tragedies have soooo many layers. The guns just being the very tragic and powerful (and apparently easily accessible) means to an end. The dialogue needs to address much more than the guns. Interestingly, based on responses, I'm assuming the gun ownership and toting is more widespread across different factions of people than I realized. I'm now thinking maybe more people than I realized--that I know-- have them. The a gun-accident statistics, in and of themselves, are frightening.

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  3. The NRA in America has such a disproportionately strong lobby group that politicians fear going up against them. They are the principal reason for the ready availability of guns in the States, something that still provokes bemusement in most of Europe.

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