Something bad, something that should never have happened, happened today in Newton, Connecticut.
I can't imagine anyone who would not be deeply affected by this. I can't imagine wanting to know anyone who would not be deeply affected by this.
Some say that this is the second worst school shooting in the nation's history, behind only the shooting at Virginia Tech five years ago. I'd dare say that this one is worse given the absolute innocence and defenselessness of the children.
As one would expect, the folks that aren't tools or fools are calling for a serious discussion, and more importantly, movement on getting some true gun control laws in the books. For emphasis, we're talking reasonable, rational gun restrictions and not taking everyone's guns away.
The other side has shown their true disgusting nature by demagoguing that this is not the time to discuss gun control. Other fools tried to blame the shooting on the fact that the children and teachers weren't packing guns themselves.
After the long list of horrid shootings, it is beyond time for responsible gun control laws to be enacted across the country.
Beyond belief, just yesterday, Michigan, on a roll of terror themselves, just passed a law that would allow guns in schools and other places that people would normally and should feel safe in.
That law, like the laws passed in every state, is a product of the NRA and ALEC, to which the NRA is a proud member.
But passing gun control laws will not be enough. Nowhere near enough.
Another thing that is just as important as any gun control law is making mental health services more accessible. Unless I miss my guess, the Sandy Nook shooter will be found to have had a serious mental health issue.
Claiming that mental health services are too expensive, ALEC controlled Teapublicans like Scott Walker has continuously cut services for the mentally ill. Gotta save that tax money, y'know.
In Milwaukee County, under the austerity measures of Scott Walker and Chris Abele, the mental health system is so broken, even Disability Rights - Wisconsin is saying that it can't be fixed.
Sadly, we've seen this scenario played out again and again across the country.
Along with gun control laws and improved mental health services, there is much more that needs to be done.
We need to restore basic human rights and dignity. When people are treated like second class citizens, they lose their sense of the value of human life. When you have ALEC Teapublicans dehumanizing women, minorities, workers (especially teachers!), children and anyone else that's not rich enough or white enough, those people can start seeing themselves and others as not worthy either. That disregard makes it even easier for someone to take the life of another.
Lastly, we need to reverse the negative impact that these ALEC-created laws are having on our economy. As was just revealed this past weak, due to the idiotic, ideological rules passed and enacted by Walker and the other Teapublicans, our state's economy is tanking and accelerating its downward spiral.
When people have no jobs and no money, they can reach the point of despair. This can lead them to take desperate actions, such as armed robberies, or to the point of taking themselves, and all to often, and others out of their perceived misery.
There will never be an absolute cure all for violence in the world.
But for God's sake, we don't have to increase it's likelihood or the ease of it happening. It's too late to save all those innocent children. Let's not make it too late for the next shooting, whether it's one or 20+ victims.
The ALEC based rules are not good for the country on any level and need to be rejected. And this needs to start today.