There are several questions that must be answered for us to accurately put the pieces together. For now, there are several assumptions that are quasi safe to assume, although, they are not facts at this time. Here are several questions that will un-lock some of the puzzling questions about the shooting in Connecticut, USA.
Ø What is the history of this person?
Ø How did this person obtain firearms and an assault weapon?
Ø Why did this monster kill innocent children and adults?Here is our take on the answers to these questions. Are there other questions; sure, but we want to deal with this as it relates to our community. Some of what is said in this article is based off of what is known and some is conjecturing and may prove to not be factual.
Here we have a female kindergarten teacher who purchased several firearms in all probability for her son whom in all probability was mentally ill. A female kindergarten teacher does not purchase an assault weapon for personal use. A female kindergarten teacher may purchase a handgun to keep next to her bed in the event of an intruder or to defend her life or the life of another. As the facts continue to come out, we will see that this teacher was a “helicopter” parent; always hovering over her twenty year old son to protect him from everybody and everything. In all probability this person should have been on medication and was NOT taking it. The facts will show that she purchased “Call of Duty Black Ops” and other violent video games to keep her mentally ill child happy and content. You see, on a video game you “kill” someone and its extra points. Think about the way he was dressed and prepared to do the killings. He was dressed in black fatigues, a military vest, and heavily armed.
This kindergarten teacher did not buy or do something this spoiled mentally ill person wanted; so he acted out the way you play the video games. He started killing and killing and killing.
Here is the caveat as it relates to us here in Albuquerque. This person was mentally ill. This person in all probability should have been on medication. This person in all probability was not taking those medications. This person had an enabler who knew the dangers but chose to ignore them. If you look back at many of APD officer involved shootings; you will see this same pattern over and over again. Notwithstanding, APD failed to train the officers better, in our opinion, and this proved to be catastrophic. Second, there should be an NCIC data base that contains the names and issues associated with properly diagnosed mentally ill people who pose a threat to themselves and/or others.
Back on January 15, 2011, The Eye On Albuquerque posted a story (read it HERE ) about the police involved shootings and the mentally ill. We did not just talk about it; we offered real solutions. Of course Berry and Schultz ignored it and went on about their business of ruining the City. APD continued to shoot and kill several more people. The following is part of that article;
“This is not a local police issue but a national crisis and should be addressed as such. Chief Schultz is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) which offers national support for police issues in addition to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The IACP and the FOP Presidents have spoken directly to the President of the United Stated as well as our Congress. With assistance at a national level, not only from the FOP and IACP but from our house of representatives and our senators Understanding HIPAA and other restrictive laws, the time has come to create a new index for National Crime Information Center Data Base (NCIC) to house information concerning mentally ill persons across the United States. The NCIC data base is a computerized index of criminal justice information. This would give law enforcement officers across the Country a valuable tool in dealing with this segment of our population. Knowledge is the rawest form of influence and with this type of knowledge (influence); the officer’s decision making process would shift into high gear and hopefully save lives.”
Meanwhile, things continue to deteriorate locally and nationally. An NCIC data base is a huge step in the right direction. Funding must come from the Feds to assist police departments across the nation in monitoring our citizens who are mentally ill and assure they are taking their medication. In the event they are not, law enforcement must intercede and take appropriate action. This will required collaboration and cooperation with doctors, parents, family and the community.
More gun control is not the answer here. We have enough laws already. This guy tried to buy a gun a few days prior to this incident. Connecticut has a mandatory waiting period which prevented this individual from having a gun. The law worked the way it was intended. Does anyone ever stop to think; crooks, criminals, mentally ill, thieves, etc… DO NOT FOLLOW THE LAW; THIS IS WHY THEY ARE CRIMINALS. Only law abiding people like you and Eye follow the law. What this means is; if more gun control is enacted, then you and Eye will not have guns but all the criminals will! Once a person has made the conscientious decision (choice) to injure or kill, the method is irrelevant. If we pass more gun laws we will need to create more propane tank laws, kitchen knife laws and car laws. What about diesel fuel or fertilizer like ammonium nitrate that was used in the Oklahoma City bombing? We must gain control of the offenders, their chosen method to execute their criminal acts are not the issue.
As for the schools themselves, we all know that schools are soft targets. There should be at least one well trained armed police officer at every school. Our greatest treasures; our children, are at schools unprotected. Albuquerque Public Schools have a small force which could call in APD to handle most situations. If you notice the APS Chief, Steven Tallez, hides, you never see him or hear from him. Steve Tellez, was a mediocre sergeant at APD and now heads APS. Our Eyes tell us the chief’s position was never circulated by APS or offered to qualified personnel. Our Eyes also tell us Tellez was set in place by City Councilor Brad Winter who has also proved to be a great disappointment to Albuquerque. 20/20 hindsight, it was a good thing that Marty Chavez whipped Brad Winter hard when he ran for mayor.Our hearts here at the Eye are heavy with sorrow for the children who were killed, the adults who were killed, their families and their community. This event has to shatter the hearts of any person with a conscience. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and the community of Newtown, Connecticut, as they work their way through this catastrophe and move forward to celebrate the birthday of our Lord.
MAY GOD BLESS!
It should be noted that the name of offender of this terrible crime does not appear anywhere in this article. The reason for this is he does not deserve to be recognized in the least.
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