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  •  Hearing in Newtown on Guns (4+ / 0-)

    For any locals.

    A public hearing addressing gun violence, mental health, and school safety is schedule for Wednesday, January 30th, 6:00pm at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Rd, Newtown, CT.

    We need you to attend.
      Whether you testify or witness, your presence is urgently needed.  The opposition will be out in huge numbers and in full force.  Please come!

    Even if you cannot attend the hearing
    or don't want to publicly testify, you can still submit testimony (this means you can still have a voice) to the task force for their review by sending it to:
    asaferconnecticut@cga.ct.gov  

    Put Gun Violence Prevention Working Group in the subject line. Please be aware that any submitted testimony may be made public.
    This must be e-mailed by noon Wednesday.

    However, your presence at the hearing is much more powerful.
     

    Unfortunately I work so I'll likely not be there but these hearings are starting to be alot like the 2009 healthcare town hall meetings that were swamped by teabagging nutsacks demanding the government stay out of their Medicare.

    They need strength in numbers.  People are getting disgusted with the gun nuts antics and i think we should give them more rope to hang themselves but we need numbers.  

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:15:36 AM PST

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      During Tuesday's hearings, a psychiatrist testified about the lack of psychiatric services in Connecticut for children and adolescents, resulting in undiagnosed disorders.
      Testimony at Monday's hearing on gun violence included gun advocates who said they wanted to preserve their Second Amendment rights, along with gun owners who said they support more background checks and the registration of rifles in the state.
      Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra said many residents have been watching the hearings and looking forward to having their own say.
      "These are very difficult issues that are emotionally laden and generate a lot of passion from all sides," Llodra said. "This is an opportunity for our residents to express their perspective and give the lawmakers some guidance in how to move forward."
      http://www.newstimes.com/...

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:41:39 AM PST

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      •  The Lanzas seem to have been a family of means (3+ / 0-)
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        And there are reports I have read - cnt find now - indicating something was going on with Adam and Mom and Dad had email conversations about getting him seen somewhere.

        The assault on mental health in this country, I feel, has left Americans with a real paucity of quality mental health/psychiatric interventions, and to the point it doesn't matter if you have money: resources are just hard to come by.

        And that's wrong.

        DISCLAIMER: I am a mental health professional and would benefit from increased mental health service funding.

        but then so would America.

        It's not cheaper to ignore mental health issues.

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:45:40 AM PST

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        •  there's a paucity of inpatient beds for kids (3+ / 0-)
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          that's a known fact.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:56:29 AM PST

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        •  Mental health is a serious issue in the US (5+ / 0-)
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          and I would love to see GOoPers back expanded services in this area.  Say maybe funding Obamacare?  

          But lets get serious.  Mental health is an issue in other countries as well.  They may have better health care systems and do more to treat it but it exists nonetheless.

          Yet despite that you SELDOM hear about a person with mental health issues shooting up a school in these other countries let alone a shooting every other month like we have here.

          Mental health IS NOT THE ISSUE.  Neither are video games or movies or music.  That's all a distraction from the real issue which was, is and will remain G-U-N-S.

          That said, I'd love it if we did something about mental health here as well.  

          This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

          by DisNoir36 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:09:14 AM PST

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          •  I have to wonder if mental health is not fresh (1+ / 0-)
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            ground for con artists.  Online education has proved a fertile ground for nonaccredited institutions to fleece credulous students while now I am seeing ads for in patient mental health services which include, from the ads, beachfront accommodations, masseuses and gourmet chefs, a completely "stress free environment" along with guaranteed outcomes and no need for daily counseling.  

            My fear is an exacerbation of the two tier system where Medicaid pts are herded into either outpatient facilities or else dormitory style warehouses while those with money get even more opulent digs than before.  The old system was bad but the decades since the budget cuts began only made the system worse.  My concern, poorly expressed here, is a return to the bad old days instead of our finding a brave new way to deal with mental illness

            •  Bad old days? (1+ / 0-)
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              The bad old days for me conjure up images of what it was like in Fairfield Hills in Newtown.  The place used to be a huge mental heath facility that looks like something out of some horror movie or Silent Hill.  The town has begun to redevelop the site and even relocated the Town Hall into one of the old buildings which was completely renovated.  Even then though I can't help but be creeped out every time I go there.  It's like I can almost hear the screams coming from one of the yet abandoned buildings.  

              I'd rather not go back to those days.  There has got to be something better.

              This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

              by DisNoir36 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:48:04 AM PST

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          •  Adam Lanza by all accounts had access to mental (1+ / 0-)
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            health services.  As did most of the mass murderers in the past couple of years who were generally somewhat affluent white men.

            The problem of lack of access to mental health services -- which is real, isn't the cause of the massacres. But it would be nice if better mental health care results from the aftermath of these tragedies. I suspect it won't. The lawmakers who are screaming about mental health and video games are just deflecting. They aren't a bit interested in solving any problems. They just use those things to avoid solving the problems caused by such easy access to so many guns.

            "Speak the TRUTH, even if your voice shakes."

            by stellaluna on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:53:37 AM PST

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