Horrible news from Connecticut, and what can one do but pray and hold loved ones close?
Well, one could try to capitalize on it for political gain, but that would be stating the obvious.
Whenever a story like this comes out, one can predict with absolutely certitude two things:
1. Gun control will be brought up as a solution, and
2. The shooter will have turned out to have left a string of blindingly obvious hints as to his intentions.
What gun control does is absolve us from individual responsibility to take care of people who have serious mental or emotional problems. People who are in pain and suffering can be left to their agonies so long as no one else is impacted.
Gun control is therefore the opposite of true compassion. It outsources caring to a bureaucratic machine - the same bureaucratic machine that failed to help the perpetrator in the first place, incidentally.
The illness we speak of manifests itself all over the world, and gun control has no effect on it. Even in heavily regulated jurisdictions like Great Britain and Germany, these people commit their heinous crimes.
In Japan and China, they use blades and their victims are just as dead.
For people wishing to take action in the wake of this horrific event, I suggest you take a close look at the people around you. Are they pain? Are they in need? Instead of shrugging off someone's death-obsessed facebook posting (and then recalling it afterward to a sympathetic reporter), engage them NOW, before the vile deed is done.
I oppose gun control because it doesn't work, and it pains me to no end the callous politicians who make jokes about prison rape and cavalierly drive off in their limosines while their constituents struggle in crime-ridden streets claim moral superiority by virtue of their position on this issue.
Saying that we can cut crime by banning guns is like saying we can reduce rape by banning short skirts.
It is not a compassionate position, it is a lazy one.
Let's face it: it is easier to blame an object than hold our mental health system accountable.