Monday, December 17, 2012

A Post That Went to Drafts... But It Does Have a Picture

In the aftermath of one of the most unthinkable events to happen in recent history, I add my little voice to the collective din of opinions and reactions reverberating across the planet. And my thoughts articulate into the following: as much as it is every parent's horror to have a son or daughter to be a victim in such a gruesome tragedy, it is even a much greater horror to have one's child grow up to be the perpetrator of the crime.

The morning after the day I wrapped up my full-time working (albeit home-based) stint, I was greeted by terrible news of the Newtown shooting. I do agree with many who believe that the attention should be shifted away from the shooter lest it inspire another mentally unhinged individual desiring to achieve notoriety. While some news programs go so far as to refrain from mentioning the name of the shooter, most of us have our thoughts turning toward him in the futile attempt to grasp at the Why's...

There have been mentions of personality disorder, autism, Asperger's, etc. While many have been quick to fault permissive gun laws (and I don't know enough to comment on that -- although I grew up under the influence of MacGyver and we all know how he felt about guns... that is, we of the GenX and older), the focus on the issue of mental health is also gaining ground.


I just deleted 5 paragraphs. As it turns out, I'm not yet ready to share --  Let's just leave it at: I'm no longer working full-time so I can devote my time to child care.

Btw, we recently took the kids to Disneyland. Here's a picture...


Sharkbytes said...

It's a really tough situation for everyone. John Hinkley's parents were horribly criticized. They did accept some of the blame... wrote a very interesting book about it. (Breaking Points). Nevertheless, all of us who are parents of children who are troubled, seriously different, etc., are just one corner-turning event from being in that position.

I'm not sure there are answers. Can we barricade every school perfectly? Obviously not. Should we? ???

I think society needs to accept the underlying problem, but that's not likely to happen.

spinninglovelydays said...

I read one of the early postings of "I am Adam Lanza's Mother" and have been following the comments. It's amazing to see how many people have said that they have a child just like the child described in the piece or they themselves were that kid... I'm wondering too what the answers will turn out to be, if there are any.