Saturday, January 5, 2013
After a mass shooting, the first issue that comes up for debate is gun control, but shouldn't we really be addressing the mental health issues behind the person pulling the trigger?
Saturday, January 5
The country is still healing as the students of Sandy Hook Elementary return to school following the December massacre that took the lives of 27 people, including 20 children. But shouldn't we look at the perpetrator and what prompted his actions in the first place? Shouldn't the first debate be about mental health issues and how to address them? Authorities say Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed his mother that morning and then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School to commit the horrific killing spree before killing himself. According to initial reports, Lanza appeared to have had some mental problems prior to the shooting, but it is difficult to say that it would have predicted this. Authorities also say that the guns Lanza used had been …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The company suspended the sales chainwide, and removed all guns from sale and display at its store closest to Newtown, CT.
Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of its stores chainwide, the company announced on its website. This includes the Dick's store in Buckhead on Peachtree Road in the Lenox Marketplace shopping center. Shoppers there told Buckhead Patch what they thought of the sporting goods company's decision, which was made in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT, that left 20 children and 6 school staff members dead. Sarah Gilliland said she was unsure if the suspension of sales of rifles was the answer, but more comprehensive background checks–including a mental health verification– should be conducted before a gun can be purchased. "I don't think it's a matter of gun control, but of better mental …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
In a letter to Atlanta Public Schools students, parents, employees, and supporters, Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr., writes, "Our students deserve schools that are free of safety and security threats."
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Editor's Note: In response to this past Friday's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr., posted the following letter Monday morning at the APS website. Monday, December 17, 2012 Dear APS students, parents, employees, and supporters, This past Friday, December 14, our country experienced one of the most horrific crimes imaginable. Twenty children and seven adults were killed by a gunman who terrorized an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. We are deeply saddened by the tragedy, and on behalf of the APS community, I would like to express our most sincere condolences to the families whose lives have been changed forever. Whenever a national tragedy occurs, our children …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Faith leaders across Buckhead held prayers and moments of silence for the victims of the Newtown school school shooting and offered words of hope for healing.
Buckhead faith leaders, like those all over the country, made Newtown, CT the focal point of their sermons this weekend. They offered prayers for the victims’ families and everyone left to deal with the heartbreak. The Archdiocese of Atlanta prayed for healing following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Friday that left 20 children and six adults dead. "As we embrace in prayer those whose sorry is deep this day, we ask that the father who also chose to give his son born as a poor infant in Bethlehem, will also give those people comfort, solace and faith at this time of incredible sorry," said Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, according to a report from WSB Radio. Following the service, which was attended by many with children the …