Saturday, 15 December 2012
Sandy Hook Elementary, Newtown USA Shooting
It is impossible to understand the mindset of anyone who will go and open fire on innocent people with intent to kill. This has happened again. Adam Lanza, age 20 opened fire on school children at Sandy Hook Elemen Elementary in Connecticut, USA.
From the report, one teacher said the gunman was masked; firing shots from the principal's office and from the kindergarten classroom, where his mother taught. A student said there were bullets whizzing by him in the hallway. The female principal and school psychologist are beleived to have been targeted.
Witnesses say the shooter went from room-to-room shooting people after first killing the principal and then going to his mother Nancy's kindergarten class.
Newtown, was once voted one of America's safest places to live.
The gunman killed his teacher mother at home in Connecticut before driving her car to the elementary school she worked. After shooting dead 26 people, including 20 children, Adam Lanza then turned the gun on himself.
Brother Ryan, 24, originally thought to have been the shooter, is being questioned by police after he was arrested at his home in Hoboken, New Jersey.
President Obama in tears says 'our hearts are broken today'
Flags on Capitol Hill to be flown at half mast.
So many people are being killed and committing suicide - I am finding it difficult to write and express what needs to be said, when above all as a priority, my condolences are for all the losses that have been suffered in this and other tragic situations.
What triggers anyone to pick up a gun and kill their own mother and then go and turn on children just exposed someone who has lost the plot - a ticking time bomb.
Listening to people justify having guns in America makes me shudder - I have to be honest with myself. By carrying a gun, you are giving permission for other people to carry guns too. These little children who had barely started their life, have shown they did not carry guns. They were in no positon whatsoever to defend theirselves.
One of the reasons I did not want to live in America is because I do not want to ever feel that I would need to carry a gun to protect myself. It is also with knowing people who own guns in USA and say they would never be without one. There are people who own a gun in case of being mugged. There are also people who have bodyguards.
When parents drop their chidren to school, we would expect the child be safe. No one can predict this would ever happen and yet these situations are happening.
This is not the first time a school has been the target and innocent children killed. How is it possible that we can make this the last time? It is not OK for any people to go around and decide who lives and who dies. This is being shown to understand.
Devastating news for the people in America that has rocked the world for people globally. Children are a precious gift of life. Give them love and support, emotional security because most of all these are the vital elements of learning that ground them as human beings. The relationship between a child and his or her mother, is the most important that any child will have in their lifetime. What causes any child to kill parents could be multi-layered. We will never discover the truth in this situation.
Adam Lanza is described as being mentally disabled and it is difficult to ascertain what this means precisely. Was he diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and prescribed drugs. There are people who are on drugs, yet still remain volatile and reactive. Food additives and chemicals have been known to interfere with the natural process.
What a child is watching on teleivison and video games can be highly suggestive too. Few parents consider to screen what their children are learning from. Not everyone knows that children learn from their parents and what they observe in life.
There are movies where 'actors' whose role in a movie is to reenact with a gun and open fire. Usually the script has a storyline and a learning opportunity too. Most actors are portraying what is actually happening in our world. It is not the presidents fault that this happened, however, it is time people start to look at what is behind the root cause of all these killings. What has caused anyone to want to kill anyone at all?
People who are 'depressed and on presciption drugs' are still learning from what they see - there is huge sales in violent computer games. A few weeks ago a five year old showed me a plastic toy gun his thoughtless mother bought him as a gift. This is alarming. Teaching children that it is ok to shoot 'playing' at loved ones might appear to be innocent. This is paving the way for the adult to play with a real gun that fires bullets and kill innocent Unarmed children and adults - even their own family members.
As more people examine their lives and internal process, there are people who are 'losing the plot in rebellion' instead of addressing issues head on. The solution to problems also is asking people to look at the bigger picture and consequences. When we eliminate the root cause of problem and we can implement a workable solution.
It is impossible to heal this situation or turn the clock back.
The tragic loss of so many lives will leave a deep scar in people's minds who were witness to this traumatic experience. People reading the story with compassion and empathy, might understand the pain from loss, however, no parent ever expects to lose their child before they are old. It is easy to underestimate the important job a schoolteacher has, in also protecting children while they are at school.
There are many comments on the article. The stirring or reactions is expected with these situations. We are helpless in being able to do something to take away the pain and shock that everyone is going through. All I can do is keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers in this very difficult and hugely emotive time for millions of people.
Sharing two comments. It is time for soul searching everyone.
"Americans. What do you love more? Your guns? Or your children? How many more innocent children have to die before you get to the truth?" - Seasider, Poole, 14/12/2012 23:01
"It took one massacre in Australia to disarm our country.... What is wrong with America? How many children are you going to let die before you do something about it? I think the logical solution is clear to the entire world, time for the US to wake up I think..." - MissWende, Sydney, Australia, 14/12/2012 22:15
President Obama says, 'as a country we have been through this too many times' - a united America, people need to really search in their hearts now, because unless we look at the way to ethically deal with this situation, we will see more people suffer and we cannot keep allowing this to happen. It is time for humanity to realise a higher consciousness. Perhaps a step in the right direction is ban toy guns for sale for children.
There will be parents who will think I am out of order for saying this. I would rather see toy guns banned than more innocent children being killed. Would you?
My prayers and thoughts are with all the bereaved at this time.
Peace, love and best wishes
Posted by Lady Pauline Maria