14 December 2012

Today's events

I was touched by our president's heartfelt remarks on today's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school:

In reflecting upon this tragedy, I see the deceased not only as victims of gun violence but as victims of mental illness. Those of sound mind do not massacre children.

As we reflect on how we can prevent future violence, I submit that in addition to tightening up our gun-control laws (why can people still lawfully obtain high-capacity magazines?), we might combat criminal insanity by strengthening our country's debilitated and woefully underfunded social support programs. Making mental health treatment more accessible will prevent some would-be shooters from ever having the intention to kill.

My thoughts are with the victims and their families.

(from "Willa's World")