Saturday, 15 December 2012

Another US massacre of innocent lives

The news this morning here has been of yet another US massacre. This time little children and their teachers have been murdered at their school. There have apparently been few survivors.

What is going on in that country? This is not the first time an event like this has occurred, but nothing appears to change. Is freedom to kill a basic human right and freedom? I do not think so. Who is important? What is important? Who is protecting the innocent?

In a properly run country people do not feel the need to arm themselves with guns. My opinion is that hunting animals with guns is only for farmers and those associated with agricultural industries. I do not support hunting for pleasure as a legitimate activity. I might expect slaughterhouse behaviour like this in a country torn by civil war, not in a supposedly democratic and civilised nation.

Here is a link to the story in The Australian newspaper.
This is a quote taken from that newspaper.
Twenty-year-old suspected gunman Adam Lanza shot dead 20 children aged between five and ten, and at least six adults at the school before killing himself with a shot to the head. According to reports, his body was found in a hallway. He is believed to killed his mother Nancy Lanza, a teacher at the school, at their home in Newtown before driving to Sandy Hook, where the shootings began at 9.30am, shortly after the school day started. The first call to emergency services to report the massacre is thought to have been made about 15 minutes later.

Where is the logic in this act? One report I read indicated that the person committing these murders suffered with autism. The autistic people I know do not behave in this way however. Obviously he was not well when he committed this act; well and sane people do not do these things. If this man needed medical or psychological support then why did he not get it?

Nobody anywhere in the world sends their children off to school with the expectation that something like this could happen. Is security in schools a significant part of this horrible tale? Surely an ocean of grief will wash over the region in Connecticut. Will it finally make a difference to the social policies of the USA?

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