In conversations around the country about this horrific mass murder, people want to point fingers at guns and police and mental health professionals. All “contributed” to this unspeakable act, but none are responsible except the person who stabbed and pulled the trigger: NONE.
The question we need to answer is this: How do we prevent this type of tragedy in the future? One victim’s father stated: “Not one more!” I agree. Not one more!!
The bad news is that we, as a society, have become more and more apathetic. We are glued to the computer screen and the telephone screen. We walk around like zombies not looking people in the eye. Conversations are had in two dimensions on the screen rather than three dimensions face to face. As a result, we have lost the ability to see the cues that face, body, and vocalizations show.
We need to get back to these basics so that we can see, first hand, what cues a person is showing that demonstrate they need help, whether from us, from family, or from professionals. We need to be more involved in the lives of family and friends to insure that their general health and welfare are “good” and “healthy” as often as possible.
We need to finance a government that can afford more law enforcement and more mental health professionals so that a thorough investigation of circumstances is had to prevent these types of tragedies. Too often law enforcement and state employed mental health professionals are bogged down with more caseloads than can be effectively managed/handled.
Until we do the above, it seems that we will continue to see more and more of these tragedies. Let’s take action: NOT ONE MORE!!!