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What you might not have heard about…

I had promised myself not to post another thing about the school shootings in CT  but,  when horrible things happen to good people I look for other things to renew my faith in mankind. From Toronto, to Russia, Brazil to Scotland and Pakistan the good people of the world, and all over the US, held vigil and added their prayers and strength to the families of Newtown. I thought you might want to know, from Buzzfeed;

There is also this..

Our kids knew about the Sandyhook shootings but, they wanted to talk about ‘Rachel’s Challenge‘, a national program named for Rachel Scott, the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting in Columbine, CO in 1999. Wouldn’t it be great if the LSM spent some time telling this story instead of replaying every gory detail of the CT shootings?  Proof that in the darkest of times there is hope and a light that can shine brighter then any star.  Check out their website.

Rachel’s Challenge was started by Rachel’s dad and stepmom, Darrell and Sandy Scott when they realized that the writings and drawings Rachel left not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but also resonated with students around the world. Although Rachel was a typical teenager who even wrote about her “ups and downs,” she had a passion and conviction that she would someday change the world. The Scott family knew her story and passion had to be told to inspire others to make their world a better place.

More than 18 million people have been touched by Rachel’s message, and they continue the legacy of making a difference in their communities. Each year at least 2 million more people are added to that number. These are just a couple of the results of Rachel’s Challenge. In one survey, 78% more students indicated they would definitely intervene in a bullying incident in their school after seeing Rachel’s Challenge. In a recent 24 month period, Rachel’s Challenge received more than 450 emails from students who indicated that they changed their mind about taking their own life after hearing Rachel’s Challenge.

Gun control bills won’t stop anything, changing people’s minds will. While all tragedies can’t be prevented, we need to rethink the ways in which the courts and society deal with the mentally ill. This is the larger issue no one wants to address. Until they become a danger to society by committing a crime they are left to their own devices.

The result is a system that is bad for the mentally ill: prisons, in spite of their best efforts, are still primarily institutions of punishment, and are inferior places to treat the mentally ill. It is a bad system for felons without mental illness problems, who are sharing facilities with the mentally ill, and are understandably afraid of their unpredictability. It is a bad system for the victims of those mentally ill felons, because in 1960, a mentally ill person was much more likely to have been hospitalized before victimizing someone else. It is a bad system for the taxpayers, who foot the bill for expensive trials and long prison sentences for the headline tragedies, and hundreds of thousands of minor offenses, instead of the much less expensive commitment procedures and perhaps shorter terms of treatment.

Deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill was one of the truly remarkable public policy decisions of the 1960s and 1970s, and yet its full impact is barely recognized by most of the public. Partly this was because the changes did not happen overnight, but took place state-by-state over two decades, with no single national event. While homelessness received enormous public attention in the early 1980s, the news media’s reluctance to acknowledge the role that deinstitutionalization played in this human tragedy meant that the public safety connection was generally invisible to the general public. The solution remains unclear, but recognizing the consequences of deinstitutionalization is the first step.

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  1. Oh, brother.,..”Sandy Scam”, wilfull fiscal negligence
    “Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending bill “Sandy Scam.”

    Matt Mayer of the conservative Heritage Foundation slammed the request as an “enormous Christmas gift worth of stuff.”

    “The funding here should be focused on helping the community and the people, not replacing federal assets or federal items,” he said.”

  2. Opportunity missed…More extensive background checks….FBI would have been given access to other agencies info to keep guns out of the hands of those who would do egregious harm to others.

    “Christopher Schroeder, who headed the study, said:

    We have identified ways to improve the effectiveness of the background check system that we concluded would be positive and constructive and help meet the president’s objective of keeping more guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. I’m hopeful that some of these can move forward and actually be implemented.

    It didn’t happen. And it didn’t happen for political reasons. So while the President and his allies push this week for heavier gun control laws, it’s worth noting that he had the opportunity to take the very steps he will now claim are vital. And he didn’t do it”

  3. Lynn…thank you for the up-lifting story of Rachel…what an incredible young lady…and a great dad who took the time to elevate his daughter. Interesting that it took the youngsters to lead us to this…they are indeed the future!

    • YEP, our kids all talked about it. They’ve all heard the story and the challenge. It’s all about teaching the children well and giving them the tools they need. Rachel wanted to make a difference…she is. Thanks for the kind words. 🙂

  4. From looking at the Drudge headlines, and, after reading some of the articles, it would seem almost every official in the US, the entertainment industry, and the talking heads of cable news and the alphabet channels have all lost their collective minds. Talk about extremists……

  5. Done without regard to safety….

    “President Obama’s proposed FY2010 budget calls for another cut of over $184 million in federal funding for protecting our nation’s schools, according to a national school safety expert.

    “It is unbelievable that at the 10th anniversary of the Columbine attack, President Obama proposes cutting school safety funding rather than restoring massive school safety funding cuts by the past Administration and Congresses. It appears the only ‘change we can believe in’ is further cuts from pithy federal school safety dollars to small change for protecting our nation’s school children and teachers,” says Kenneth Trump, President of the Cleveland (Ohio)-based National School Safety and Security Services.

  6. Obama can climb down from his soapbox….under his administration gun prosecutions have decreased by 45%….

    “Figures collected by Syracuse University’s TRAC project, the authority on prosecutions from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, shows that the administration has reduced the focus on gun crimes and instead steered prosecutors and investigators to drug crimes.”

  7. We will be here tomorrow and the day after…Psalm 23 to give you peace….
    Marty Goetz

  8. Waiting for 2012

    OT, gotta see this:

    It begs the question, “How can one tell the difference between them?”. However I know of ONE way: Candy looks much better…

    • Oh my….words fail me… 🙂

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