Two Tragic Events Involving Schoolchildren: Connecticut + China

Today the MMXLII team was made aware of two separate tragedies involving young children.  Unrelated but yet so evil in nature.  In Connecticut 27 people including 20 children were fatally shot while in China, 22 children and one adult were stabbed.  We sat back for awhile not to neglect these stories but to digest the developing stories.  In Connecticut the story as of now is a young man went to Sandy Hook elementary and began shooting.  The attacker’s mother was a teacher at the school and was also killed.  The attacker was identified as Ryan Lanza.  Upon search of the attacker’s home, it was reported that the attacker’s father was found dead there.  Many believe Lanza killed his father, then headed to the school shortly after where he ended up killing his mother and many others at the school.  Once more details emerged of the story many people began to voice their opinions on gun control and mental health in the United States.  From celebrities and other people of influence radio shows, news, tweets, facebook posts and more began to voice their opinions on the topics. Today’s shooting marks the second deadliest shooting in U.S. history behind the Virginia Tech shooting.

On the other side of the world, a man was said to have walked onto a primary school’s facility in a Central China village.  The attacker stabbed an elderly woman there and then proceeded to stab the students.  Finally two security guards were able to subdue the attacker who is now in police custody.  Some of these students had to be moved to better equipped hospitals for better treatment.  In the last few years there have been a rise of student stabbings in China.

Moving forward the question becomes not just why, but how do we protect the children?  As we share things that are going on today, we also like to reference it to how things are changing as the younger generations emerge to influence the world. With that in mind we have to protect the children and really pay attention to their lives. With the increasing violence is it as simple as gun control? Do these happen because of mental health problems?  Is it a combination of various things?  As violent tragedies happen people wanting gun reform have a point when you look at the growing number of gun related tragedies in the U.S. in comparison to other countries. But then gun reform opposition can cite the fact that violence will find a way because in China they’re just stabbing people instead of shooting them.  In the U.S. we mention chemical imbalances and mental health as to why people “impulsively” shoot or kill others.  If that is in fact the case why are we not paying attention to these symptoms and being proactive about recognizing them, because we can always point such things out in hindsight.  Hindsight doesn’t protect children from these types of incidents, it simply gives a “reason” why it happened.  Let us know what you think needs to be done to reduce violence [gun or otherwise] moving forward.  Because violence obviously is something that effects us not only in the United States but all over the world.  It’s a global issue that we all must come together to address correctly…

Bonus: President Obama addresses the U.S. in regards to Connecticut shooting.

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