14 December 2012

School Massacre in CT (Updated)

This makes me want to vomit.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said. . .

Join me in prayer this afternoon for these children, their parents, the teachers, and the young man who brought this horror.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host--
by the Divine Power of God--
cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.


UPDATE:  And right on cue. . .the Nannies have started clamoring for anti-gun laws.  Here's a question for them:  is murder illegal?  Yes?  So, did anti-murder laws stop this guy from killing 27 people?  No?  Then why do you think that anti-gun laws will stop criminals from using guns illegally?  The school is a "Gun Free Zone."  Didn't stop him.  He was autistic and mentally ill. Laws preventing the sale of guns to the mentally ill didn't stop him.  In fact, what probably helped him kill 27 people was the fact that the school didn't allow licensed, weapons-trained teachers to carry on campus. 

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  1. Many, many prayers.

  2. Father,
    I think these mass murder suicide incidents by young males are primarily an untreated mental illness problem.
    Normal murderers from the criminal world have no motivation to kill kindergarten children nor kill
    themselves. Our laws as a psychiatrist pointed out on CNN have leaned too far in protecting people from coerced
    therapy or confinement and now we are paying the price of that freedom to choose therapy or not choose it.
    There is a gun problem and I have one gun for home defense but the production of guns on a for profit basis
    inclines gun companies to produce more than is needed for each houseold to defend itself. I think it should be
    a government industry like license plates so that the number of guns simply is kept at the self defense level
    relative to the number of households. The profit motive of companies like Taurus pistols produces an excess quantity
    that eventually shows up at gun shows where gun runners collect them and sell them out of their cars in the ghetto as
    shown by an incident last year in Jersey City.

  3. "In fact, what probably helped him kill 27 people was the fact that the school didn't allow licensed, weapons-trained teachers to carry on campus."


  4. While this shooting breaks my heart, I agree that "guns" are only a symptom of a deeper problem. My father kept many guns in the house - two were kept loaded at all times by his bedside (there's a funny story about the shotgun and some foolish kids and some TP), and probably at least a dozen others in a gun cabinet. They were used for what they were designed: as tools. We had venison, squirrel, quail, etc... even during the lean years because of those guns. I knew where the guns were and how to use them. Made me feel safer when I was home alone. Like any other tool, a gun can be misused.

    I remember years ago my husband was interviewing in either rural Tennessee or Kentucky, and somehow a discussion of guns at school came up. The kids (high school)didn't understand that this was a problem - they grew up around guns. I believe the comment made was that more than half the pick-up trucks in the school parking lot had a gun or two in the gun rack. And everyone felt perfectly safe. Probably safer than most. But it is so much easier to demonize an inanimate object than begin the hard work of ferretting out the root problem, and being intellectually honest enough to admit that some presuppositions and Deeply Held Beliefs might actually be in error.

  5. Just saw this on Fr. Dwight Longenecker's blog, and he says much better than I what I wanted to say:
    (sorry, I don't know how to make that a link)