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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Around the Blogroll and Elsewhere: Again and again and again edition
Posted by Jill | 7:41 AM
Patricia on the hidden health crisis of mental illness.

Ashley Miller agrees that there's a mental health crisis, but makes the good point that since mentally ill people are more likely to be the victims than the perpetrators of crime, it's counterproductive to tie the issue to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Bridget Magnus correctly notes that since the guns used in Newtown were not purchased by Adam Lanza, it's not clear that stricter gun control would have prevented what happened. She's on Team Mental Illness.

Margaret and Helen are on Team Guns.

(For the record, I'm on both teams, particularly if, as has been reported, Nancy Lanza was a bit of a doomsday prepper, getting ready to protect herself from the marauding hordes when It All Falls Apart. I'd also be interested in knowing from whence she get these ideas and about her television and radio listening habits. OK. Carry on.)

Ramona doesn't need to know their names to give them faces.

Jayhawk attributes the increase in gun-related violence to our fascination with violence and death, from unjust wars to government-sanctioned assassinations to eliminationist rhetoric.

Walk a mile, etc. Via Susie Madrak comes this post by Lisa Long about living with a mentally ill son.

Digby notes that if we have a 50% jump in the number of guns since 1995, why isn't "More Guns" proving to mean less violence, as the right continues to promise?

(In closing, just a note: When I do these, I just click around my blogroll at random, then check out Facebook looking for interesting links. Usually these compendia consist of mostly male bloggers. No particular reason, it just works out that way. Today it's almost all women. Does the mass death of female public school teachers and six-year-olds resonate more with women because we are wired that way? Discuss.) .

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
I find it telling that the NRA has been so quiet, having even closed their Facebook page. And most Republicans in Congress are being very silent, except for a couple speaking out AGAINST assault rifles being so readily available.

Fingers crossed that something can actually be accomplished besides 'business as usual' this time.