Investigate!

Once again there has been a mass shooting in America, this time in suburban Connecticut. As President Obama said, there have been too many. It is time to do something meaningful to discuss them, to find out what if anything can be done.

It is not out of line to ask for a Congressional investigation. We need to get a handle on all the circumstances that can lead to these horrible crimes. We do not know, really, how to prevent them and will never know if there is not a strongly motivated and bipartisan attempt to get at the facts. The general features of course are well known: the criminal is often a young male with poor social skills or psychological problems and access to guns. If not killed by police, the shooter usually commits suicide rather than …rather than what? I cannot remember any of them leaving a suicide note.

Here is a link to an article on some facts pertinent to the discussion. They don’t all point in the same direction! In the USA, states with gun control laws have fewer shootings than those that do not. While helpful, gun control does not guarantee safety. Connecticut does have a gun control law. Gun violence is on the decline in the USA, but mass shootings seem to have increased since 2007. The South is more violent than other regions of the country. This suggests that a rural, conservative culture is more likely to foster violent conduct. Again, these are statistical tendencies – Connecticut is neither rural nor conservative.

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  1. Well put. I believe there will need to be significant work on several fronts: gun control, mental health/illness, early education for both parents and children re bullying (I know it’s not a factor in every shooting, but the ed is important — and for parents as well as kids, though often parents don’t heed such things, at least not early enough to engage in preventive education) — and pressure on the media to change they way they report, with as much avoidance of focus on the perpetrator as possible. Don’t give him/her even the fifteen minutes of fame. Studies have been done on this, and the person I have heard speak on it is James Fox, who I think is connected with Harvard; he has done much research in the realm of boys and violence, and he has spoken of how much fuel the publicity adds to the “attractiveness” of planning and executing such awful deeds.

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