Today I am choosing to forgo my weekly NFL post for a much more important topic that must be discussed and cannot be ignored. Yes, The NFL goes on…day to day issues go on, life goes on…but the horrific tragedy that occurred in Sandy Hook is an issue that cannot be ignored and must be looked at. The first question that will never be answered is why? Why would another human being walk into a school and slaughter 27 people…20 of whom were young children. What could have been done to prevent this tragedy? Most people are focusing on The Gun-Control Debate. Some people are looking at mental illness as the major contributing factor to this massacre. Other people are citing the lack of school security as the main cause of this tragedy. There are many other topics of discussion that are being debated all around the country. No matter what view point these people have…we cannot ignore the main issue. That issue is that almost 30 people lost their lives in a sensible unexplained tragedy and many more family members, friends, first responders, school faculty members, and ALL PARENTS in the WORLD were terribly disturbed and effected by this tragedy.
There was an incident that occurred in an airport where a person tried to use a bomb in their shoe awhile back and immediately legislation and regulation was put into affect, with a law being passed that makes every passenger who enters an airport to take their shoes off before going through security. In retrospect…since Columbine there have been over 10 school shootings as well as many other murders in other areas of public meetings…but yet nothing has been done…NOTHING has been done to try and eliminate these senseless murders. So, first of all…what can be done right away that can limit these types of tragedies. I mean, no one will ever question the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms, that is something that our forefathers voted on and agreed upon that should not be taken away. The Act…Mass Murders in Public Places. We should not look at this as Gun Control, but yet Gun Regulation. We are not talking about weapons that people use for hunting, or in their homes for self protection. Instead the issue is Automatic Assault Type Weapons. I don’t think that our ancestors that passed the Constitution, had these issues in mind when drafting the laws. How about looking at this in a logical way. There is NO REASON for average citizens to be able to purchase, transfer, sell, or use Automatic Assault Weapons for any reason. Why has the Government not acted immediately in this issue?!!!! The only people that should have access to these weapons ( let’s refer to automatic assault weapons as any weapon that can shoot off more than 10 rounds of bullets in succession) would be military, security, and law enforcement agents because these are the types of weapons that have been used in the majority of these killings. I myself am a hunter and I own weapons…but I also have the opinion that there is no reason for these assault weapons to be on our streets or in a normal citizens possession END OF STORY. Congress should be in the room TODAY to BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS IMMEDIATELY! Now let’s get to the bottom line. Banning Automatic Assault Weapons may not totally eliminate these types of tragedies but I can guarantee that it will greatly lower the amount of incidents. Ok…There should also be more strict and vigilant rules and regulations that would make it tougher for people to purchase any type of weapon…legal or not legal. I mean…There have been laws in so many areas of debate that has been passed to help stop tragedy. Let’s look at drunk driving. They have passed very strict rules regarding Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These laws have not stopped people from getting behind the wheel drunk or from driving drunk and killing others and themselves. However, the numbers have declined. To use the argument that passing a law will not make a difference in stopping tragedy from occurring is BULLSHIT and also a cop out. We owe it to the public, families, children of America and it is our duty to protect our children and citizens at all costs. This means, sitting back and doing nothing is not doing a good of help towards accomplishing this goal. We cannot sit back and say that violence is a part of society and that it will never be abolished! We know that…this is not a stretch. However, doing nothing is not an option. Ok, well that’s just a small part of the Gun Debate. We also must look at the mental illness issue. There are hundreds of thousands of people that are diagnosed each year with some type of mental illness. What about the millions of other people who have a mental illness that goes undiagnosed and unnoticed. What about the people that have mental illness and do not seek treatment. There are so many people who have mental problems that do not know it than the actual people that are diagnosed. The number of these people is probably double. This is a major problem that needs immediate action also. Now one would say…what can be done to help in this area. Well first of all, mental illness carries a stigma that makes the public all uncomfortable and unwilling to put the time and effort to study, implement money and funding for more research as well as sometimes even discuss the issue. Now my argument is virtually this. My father has bi polar disease. I have been around mental illness my entire life. My argument is that just because someone has mental illness, that it does not justify these mentally unstable people from committing these senseless irrational horrible acts of violence. As mentioned, my dad has bi-polar disorder and I can tell you for a fact that he would never ever consider walking into a building of innocent children and slaughtering these poor souls. In fact, most people that struggle with mental illness that will resort to some type of violence tend to take it out on themselves and other close family members. There is something different going on with these people. Yes, they are definitely mentally deranged in some capacity, but I would argue that something more powerful is at work here. These people are possessed by EVIL, The Devil, SATAN, LUCIFER, or whatever you want to refer to evil as. I don’t care what religion you believe in…Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islamism, etc. No one can argue that Good and Evil does exist and that there are evil powers above our knowledge and understanding that are at work to try and destroy the good in the world. These people who are committing these acts of violence are not just mentally ill, they are tools of the devil. Now my argument is that mental illness definitely needs more attention as far as research, public awareness, teaching and education, and less stigma. You may have mental illness or depression and be scared to talk to someone about it. This is a major problem. People should not be ridiculed for having a mental disorder. So much education, funding, and testing is used for Cancer, Tumors, AIDS, And other terminal illness. But what about mental illness…where is the funding and insurance and help for these people. It’s like a plague…no one wants to face the facts that this illness is alive and well and destroying millions of lives and families every year. This is also a problem, just like the lack of Weapons Regulation. The third area of concern is School security. When these types of tragedies occur don’t you think we should look at the failure and lack of school security and follow through. As these tragedies keep occurring, I think it’s time that we focus on strengthening that area. I mean I work for a Supermarket and we have unbelievable security to protect what? To protect assets and money. WTF!!!!! Merchandise and money is just that…This can be replaced. Human life cannot be replaced. So my argument would be that more funding should be put into better security for these schools as well as training. I mean at my work we have all types of training for bomb scares, power failures, natural disasters. Well how about Random Acts of Violence! This should be an immediate priority. Now I am in no way condoning concealed weapons in schools, this could easily end up in the same way. But there has to be better training for these situations starting with how a person would be able to enter a school with weapons of mass destruction. We have security in our Airports and people still get through with bombs. We need to emphasize security in the schools as a top priority as well because we have a duty to protect these children at all costs. This type of debate could go on forever and yes I’m sure everyone has their own opinion. Even if they totally banned weapons ownership, violence would still occur. But we as a country cannot have the attitude that we are going to sit back and just be reactive to these despicable acts! We need to be proactive in all facets wether gun regulation, mental illness awareness, security preservation, and protection of our young…less video games, less violence on television, less violence in music, all of these areas must be addressed. Yes, the United States is a country that shared the most freedom. However, with freedom comes a price. Does this price have to continue to be loss of innocent lives? I would argue, NO WAY! There must be something done now…this cannot be argued. A normal civilian has no business having an assault rifle with unlimited firing capability with numerous magazines and clips. Put a ban in TODAY on all assault weapons immediately. The NRA needs to put human life in front of its own agendas. Banning assault weapons does not mean banning guns for private use such as target shooting, hunting, self defense. It just means getting these other weapons off of our streets and in turn these killings will lessen. Lets face it, violence will always exist…we are inherently evil. We all sin at one or more times in our life. However, to sit back is to condone violence. Mental Illness awareness needs to be a top priority for science and researchers as well a public awareness and education. And security in schools must be a top priority going forward. It’s sad that it always takes a tragedy for people to become awake and share their opinions. We as a society need to become more proactive and less reactive. Stay tuned…I will continue to blog about this topic until something is done to fix the issue. Please feel free to comment and share your viewpoints. To all those that lost their lives and were effected by this and other past tragedies…my prayers and condolences go out to you and my deepest sympathy. Also, I pray that God will put an end to the Devil and his horrible influence on other human beings.