connecticut-shootings

stole this off a post on Facebook, but i feel like tumblr needs to read this

Morgan Freeman’s brilliant take on what happened yesterday :

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed
people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count "holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.“

I really like this guy (Carl Sherburne) and his plan so like and share to get it out there, but if you want to fuck with the Westboro Baptist Church… Click this link below for a page made by our buddies over at anonymous which has all of the details of church members including home addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and work details! Enjoy!

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For Connecticut

Every year I have been here I have taught this poem to my first year students in the Philippines.  It embodies so much the innocence and spirit of youth, and on days like this I can only hope that the children who survived can cling to a measure of comfort and hope and naivete while the children who passed have found peace where the sidewalk ends.


Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends

And before the street begins,

And there the grass grows soft and white,

And there the sun burns crimson bright,

And there the moon-bird rests from his flight

To cool in the peppermint wind.

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Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black

And the dark street winds and bends.

Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow

We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And watch where the chalk-white arrows go

To the place where the sidewalk ends.

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Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,

For the children they mark, and the children, they know

The place where the sidewalk ends.

Bullets
rip through hearts
Glass windows shatter
Faint screams
Blood spills
Sirens! Sirens!
Tears fall
Enough.
We need to converse
‘What? I can’t hear you’
We need to converse
My pleads muffled by the next man’s
'I need guns to protect myself!’
But enough.
Enough is enough.
Shoot, mourn, forget.
Repeat.
Enough.
We need to converse
'About what?’
We need to converse about safety, security.
About control.
'But it’s my right’
but it’s their lives, I say, I plead
On behalf of mothers
I cry, I scream, I plead
Enough is enough! We need to converse!

Precautions taken after 9/11
Gun massacres throughout.
And repeat.
No action.
Repeat.
Shoot, mourn, forget.
Repeat.

Talk is talk,
and enough of that.
Nothing can bring them back now.
All we can do
is condemn, and mourn.
We don’t need to converse,
we need action and amendment.

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Tragedy and Video Game Violence (by TotalHalibut)

This video is brilliant.

Essentially the main theme of it is the media’s over-tendency to scapegoat during tragedies, using the recent Connecticut shootings and video games as an example.

Definitely worth a watch, Total Biscuit is very good at making a point.

Ok, so here are some personal thoughts about the shooting and how the media and many religious people seem to be reacting to it as a “social issue”. It was a shooting. Some angst-ridden kid became unhinged for whatever reason, and snapped. Shit happened. Is it tragic? Absolutely. Does the “absence of god” (Lowercase “g”.) in the public school system have anything to do with the events that unfolded? No. Does sitting there praying help the victims’ families? No. Like any other incident, religious authority is using a horrible circumstance to trick people, to fool US, into assimilating for THEIR cause. I know that this post is going to piss off more than a few of my friends, and that is absolutely ok. Everyone is welcome to have their opinion, and this is mine. Instead of sitting at home feeling bad and sulking with prayers for the families involved, get the fuck up and DO SOMETHING about it. ANYTHING. We are all singular individuals with the capacity to reason and think. It is what separates us from animals. It is what gives us the ability to do both good, and in far too many cases evil, to one another. Together, we can merge our collective reasoning and actually help people to move past this as a community. Instead, a vast majority of people are sitting around praying and feeling sorry. Last time I checked, that was pretty counter-productive. Instead of bitching about gun legislation and having arguments with one another over mental illnesses and how they are the “cause” behind events like this (I’ll save that debate topic for another fucking day.), send out cards to the families. Make donations where applicable. Stand up and FUCKING FIGHT for your opinion to matter for the advancement of better school security. Do something if you actually have any sort of feelings towards the incident. But do not fucking sit there, and spit out a hundred fucking posts about how sorry you feel and how you’re praying for the victims’ families. That is an insult to the lost. If you want to post that shit, do some fucking research, find out an address, and send a card to express your condolences to one of the families. Make a statement to one of the affected, because they are those whom are suffering, not the eye in the sky.
—  Nick Ruiz 
((I'm not very religious, but my prayers go to the families of Connecticut.))

((My heart goes out to the families of those kids who won’t get to see their next birthday. I can’t imagine what they’re going through right now and I’m not gonna pretend I do. I’m deeply sorry for your losses. I know my words don’t mean much, coming from someone who has never gone through this and who can’t understand your sorrow, but for what it’s worth my prayers go out to you.))

So, this made me angry...

This morning, I listened to NRA VP Wayne LaPierre’s news conference, in which he attempted to protect the NRA from negative press in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy. LaPierre made so many utterly absurd remarks that I won’t attempt to address them all, but his comments about the mentally ill were so disgusting to me that I wanted to point them out, as the media seems to be more focused on the gun-ownership/vigilantism aspect of the debate. 

In the aftermath of the horrific Sandy Hook shootings, much of the media focus has been on gun control, and rightly so, but I hope that this tragedy can catalyse still more change - in the way that our society treats and cares for the severely mentally ill. LaPierre’s comments sadly take a jaunt back to the middle ages - he goes so far as to suggest that the mentally unstable are demon-possessed: 

“The truth is that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters — people so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can possibly ever comprehend them. They walk among us every day.”

Now, a person is indeed hearing voices, there is a word for that! Delusional, yes, schizophrenic, probably. But a “monster driven by demons”? That, my friends, is the voice of utter ignorance. The mentally ill need to be supported and cared for, not vilified. LaPierre is taking the easy way out here by making the mentally ill sound like  maniacs who are beyond help.  

“A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?”

I found this comment particularly shocking. LaPierre doesn’t even seem to give a passing thought to what a flagrant human rights violation a database of mentally ill people would be. Who would supply the information? How would it be protected? Where would the invasion of privacy end? Mental illness is already too stigmatized in this country. It is fairly obvious that the NRA is in this fight for themselves, and they are willing to pass the buck and point the finger…anything but address the central issue of gun control. What are your thoughts?