What Are We Doing About It?
Why aren’t we addressing the real issues behind the shootings at Sandy Hook and across the nation ? On Friday there was yet another shooting in Colorado , 8 miles away from Columbine and we are still waiting to see what motives William Dong had at the University of New Haven armed with two pistols and a Bushmaster rifle. It’s obvious that we cannot stop the transfer of weapons but the real question is : it’s now a year and two days after Sandy Hook, and what has the Connecticut legislature done to address mental illness? For some reason the politicians are unable to come to grips with the financial and social challenges of mental illness in our communities. We need real leadership and courage in our state to address mental illness, behavior health and addiction issues with ”parity”. Until then we will continue to see more shootings, more violence and meaningless legislation that may make legislators feel good, but we have taken two steps backwards when it comes to the root causes of this violence in our society. In the 1960′s under the progressive agenda of President Kennedy we began to close most of the mental facilities in our country under the argument that everyone should have independent living and since then we have been playing catch up, especially in the area of adolescent behavioral health , the resources are pretty much non- existent. If you look across the nation at the mass shootings , the majority are young boys in there 20′s with major mental health issues, so what are we doing about it ?