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Murder of the Innocents — What's Happening to Us?

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The most significant story of the week is clearly the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that took place on Friday. As journalists, we never expect to cover something like this, nor are we ever adequately prepared, even if it's just to write a short summation. All I will say is that my thoughts, prayers and tears are with the families. For in-depth coverage, visit our sister site, Newtown Patch.

Find out how to help families affected by the tragedy here. 

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Did you know that something similar happened in China yesterday, but with a knife? There were no deaths, but the horror is the same. 

The man attacked an adult, then 22 children in the early morning hours. 

There was a string of similar assaults in 2010, when a total of 20 schoolchildren were killed, and an additional 50 were injured. According to CBC News, most of the attackers were "mentally disturbed men involved in personal disputes or unable to adjust to the rapid pace of social change in China."

Is that the case here? In the media and in personal conversations, people have blamed violent video games and movies, a lack of empathy due to the constant "plugged in" nature of our society, and lack of gun control laws. 

Do you have a theory as to why we're seeing an escalation in mass shootings? 

Karsten Torch December 17, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I agree a lot with this last post from GGY. We have lost our way. I heard somebody the other day say it quite succinctly - "Evil is not the opposite of good. Evil is the absence of good, the absence of God." The further we stray from a moral society (don't even worry about religious) the more we're going to see such occurences. We are creating a society where not only do we sensationalize this kind of stuff, on many levels we embrace it. Now, I would have to say that this particular occurence, involving children, was horrendous enough that nobody would embrace it, but in other cases, yeah, in many cultures in this country, we do. We fail to equip people to handle life. Ribbons for last place, a feeling that we are all 'owed' self esteem rather than having to earn it, lack of real consequences for our actions, take your pick. We are producing a nation of dependant, unable to care for themselves children, and then we're surprised when they snap and kill random people.
Good Grief Y'all December 17, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Karsten, have I just received another Christmas miracle? ;) Just kidding. I don't think all is lost. The first step is recognizing the problem, which is happening, but at a very high price. There is hope, always. My hope is that conversations will continue and force ideas and actions be taken. We can't just continue to fuss about this matter.
Karsten Torch December 17, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Why am I not overly surprised that you advocate turning our country over to the government standing in every business and building in the US, armed and watching? Yeah, cuz that's not Gestappo-esque at all....
Karsten Torch December 17, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I pray to God I never get to the place where I become so callous in my heart that my mistrust of people and my hatred for firearms takes precedence over 20 childen being massacred in a school. I just had to vent.
Good Grief Y'all December 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I'm not Karsten. I think trained law enforcement and military protecting and guarding our children is a better option than untrained, unscreened vigilantes. (George Zimmerman was a vigilante.) Lawmen and military are Americans, parents and people, too. Probably most of them are Christians. We guard our money, our courts, our celebs, but not our most precious treasures . . . our children?

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