21 thoughts on “Newtown, USA school massacre

    • You are so right.

      There should be measures to prevent such horrible things from happening again.

      According to his brother, the perpetrator had a history of mental health issues. Why, then, was he apparently able to buy a gun?

      And there are the wider issues, like the wars, mentioned in the article.

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    • If there is such a tragedy, then people should think about its causes and ways to prevent such things in the future.

      While not everyone may agree with Kate Randall’s analysis, one can hardly blame her for attempting to analyze.

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  3. December 17, 2012

    A Culture of Violence

    Behind the Connecticut Massacre

    by JERRY KROTH
    CounterPunch

    Each time there is an outbreak of homicidal mania, whether Columbine, Virginia Tech, or Adam Lanza’s slaughter of twenty eight innocents in Connecticut, the media directs us to stories about gun control and the need for better policing of individuals with mental illnesses.

    The larger context—that America is a society brimming over with violence—is entirely lost in the discussion.

    Let’s take a look at the forest for a change, shall we:

    There are 192 million firearms owned by Americans, more than any other society in the world. Our rate of death from firearms is three times that of France and Canada, fourteen times greater than Ireland, and two hundred and fifty times greater than Japan, where firearms are aggressively controlled.

    The U.S. has more prisoners, per capita, than any country on earth—three times more than Cuba, seven times more than Germany—and, indeed, we house twenty-five percent of all the prisoners in the world.

    As for media violence, by the time the average American child leaves elementary school, they will have witnessed 8,000 murders and over 100,000 other acts of violence, and, to rub more salt into these open wounds, the U.S. also leads the world in the sale and rental of violent video games.

    That litany of statistics comes to us compliments of our gratuitous interpretations of the First and Second Amendments.

    But the forest we are talking grows ever larger.

    Since World War II, the United States engaged in over fifty military operations abroad killing some four million people (Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Iraq, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, the list goes on). If you add in to that total massacres by proxies and surrogates, the number flirts with five million (Indonesia, Chile, Guatemala, and elsewhere).

    We are the only country in the world seemingly perpetually at war. In 2011-2012 alone, the United States was killing people in nine different countries: Iraq and Afghanistan with troops, Libya with rockets, Somalia, Pakistan, and Yemen with drones, Honduras with raids against drug cartels, the Philippines with air support against insurgents, and most recently in Kenya as 150 Special forces started their operations. No other country in the world can boast of so many military involvements.

    To remedy the horrors we saw in Connecticut should not be limited to screening mentally ill individuals from purchasing Glocks—which is about as far as our craven mainstream media wishes to venture. Instead we need to recognize the massacres of Jonestown, Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Connecticut are merely symptoms of a much more ubiquitous cancer.

    To finally address this problem is to begin a long and arduous process of cultivating a culture of peace. Such collective psychotherapy begins by treating the patient on many fronts and in a multi-dimensional way: To forbid the sale of handguns, nationwide; to ration the sale of ammunition; to prohibit the sale of violent toys to children (Greece already does), to aggressively control the sale and access of violent video games to children (Australia, Venezuela, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Brazil already do), and to prohibit the broadcast of violent scenes, explicit or implicit, on network television during family viewing hours, a practice already in effect in many European countries.

    And, who knows, we might even take it one step further and retreat from our aspirations of empire and global hegemony, close down our military operations, and bring our vast armies and armadas home —over 400,000 Americans at last count stationed in almost 1,000 overseas military bases.

    Russia has ten overseas military bases. China none.

    So much room to grow!

    Imagine our progressive President, instead of limiting his compassion to the shedding of a tear at a press conference, actually proposed comprehensive and revolutionary changes and legislation that focussed not on the symptoms but, at long last, finally started to address the disease itself.

    Jerry Kroth, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor Emeritus from Santa Clara University and the author of Duped! Delusion, denial, and the end of the American Dream, 2012. He maintains a website at collectivepsych.com

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  6. Guns and alcohol don’t mix — so why is the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) considering allowing alcohol sales at gun shows?

    The Texas ABC released a proposal this week that would allow some gun shows in the state to sell alcohol. That means someone could legally have a beer in one hand and a gun in the other, while standing in a crowd of thousands of people.

    Why would anyone want to allow such an irresponsible situation?

    There’s a public comment period about the proposal to allow alcohol sales at gun shows. Can you please sign our petition to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission against allowing alcohol at gun shows?

    While the proposed rules wouldn’t allow fully assembled guns or ammunition to be sold at gun shows that allow alcohol, it’s still reckless to promote any situation in which guns and alcohol are mixed.

    The gun lobby disagrees — they actually aren’t happy with restrictions against ammunition and working guns. Gun lobbyists said they thought Texas’s proposal to allow alcohol at gun shows was too restrictive on guns and want it to be rewritten to be more lenient.

    Gun shows already allow anyone to buy a gun without a background check, no questions asked. It’s a loophole we need Congress to close to stop criminals and the severely mentally ill from getting their hands on weapons.

    We don’t need Texas to add alcohol to the mix.

    Click here to sign the petition to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission against the proposal to allow alcohol sales at gun shows.

    http://action.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/page/s/texas-alcohol-guns

    Thank you,

    Peter Ambler
    Americans for Responsible Solutions

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