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  •  Glad for this post and the conversation (11+ / 0-)

    because I have been thinking a lot about the same thing from here in Stockton, CA.  Murder capitol for 2012.

    The Federal, State, and local government have failed our young poor families in this community.  So have our affluent aging white business leaders.  We have lost so many kids to gangs, jail, gang violence, and bad choices it's heart breaking.

    I do think that mass shootings, which take out large numbers of people, have more of an impact on our collective psyche because we as a culture are immune to the two murders here, the three murders there on a given evening -- which is really problematic in itself.  It is also worth pointing out that more mass shootings seem to be carried out by troubled white folks, but maybe that's simply because they have more money and thus access to more powerful weapons.

    But like the church bombing that harmed those little African America girls so many years ago,  this event is just as disturbing to most Americans.  We hold the "ideal" of childhood as sacred.  Not that our policies reflect making that ideal a reality, but collectively, those are our cultural priorities.  Events like these shatter that ideal.

    As a mom to a ten-year-old who attends a wonderful school in the center of the Stockton gang zone (and yes we attend by choice at it's one of the best schools in the United States, high Newsweek ranking etc.), my nerves have been shot since the Newton event.  We are vulnerable because of where we live.  My daughter's friends are vulnerable to a gun attack -- be it on the streets or from a mass shooting.  

    Yet, we are not in a position to leave, and we don't want to leave.  Our family is here, our work is here, and contributions to the greater world need to happen in this community.

    One of my neighbors, who has four children, survived the Cleavland School shooting here in Stockton, and it has an impact on who he is as an adult and how he copes.

    We need gun control, buy back programs, mental health services and screening, and economic opportunity if anything is going to change.

    "Since when did obeying corporate power become patriotic." Going the Distance

    by Going the Distance on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 08:52:33 PM PST

    •  Amen! (5+ / 0-)
      We need gun control, buy back programs, mental health services and screening, and economic opportunity if anything is going to change.
      When the true numbers came out of Newtown - the numbers were horrifying by themselves, but then you couple that with the realization that they were just little babies - your heart breaks. I was a mess that day and I do not even have kids. Had to go to town the day of the shooting and when PBO began speaking (KCBS carried live); I was driving and almost had to pull over. As I have commented before, a couple of days before Christmas I was in line at Kmart and this little girl was "helping" load bags into daddys cart ahead of me. I damn near broke down in tears thinking about those poor babies in CT. I really do hope that this tragedy changes things.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 09:07:09 PM PST

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