This past week, 20 children, none older than 7, and 6 adults were brutally slain by 20 year-old Adam Lanza in a Newtown Connecticut school shooting.
As the world continues to grieve over the Newtown massacre, we must strive to make sense of what transpired and decipher what we are all meant to learn from this tragedy that can improve our world.
This is the fourth mass shooting in this country this year. We’ve had 37 school shootings since Columbine. This is a big problem that is not going away.
Aside from the gun control issue, which has a lot of people fired-up, we are also looking at a failure of the mental health system and its prevalent modern diagnostic methods.
We also need to look at whether or not SSRI’s or other therapeutic drugs were involved in this catastrophe (some drugs can possibly trigger violence in autistics), as well as examine various familial/educational/societal and cultural failures, including the stigmatization and alienation of the “mentally ill.”