I am seeing it more and more also from our veterans of foreign wars. They are trained to kill without thinking or remorse, sent over to foreign lands to fight wars they do not fully understand, and have to deal with levels of stress and mental anguish that you and I can' t even imagine. Then they are thrown back into a society, which at the moment has its own miriad of problems, and left to fend for themselves. I cannot for the life of me understand why our military spends weeks, sometimes months, training these individuals to commit inhuman acts, but spends little or no time re- introducing them back into society. Our soldiers and especially our veterans of foreign wars deserve better. MUCH BETTER !
When you add todays killing weapons, such as AK - 47's, semi - automatic rifles, and handguns that have magazines that were unheard of years ago, the results are what you have seen in Norway, at the Sikh temple, and at the movie theater, mass carnage. Guns are a huge problem on their own in this country as people buy more and more of them, and load up on easy to obtain ammunition from the internet, but when you add mental illness into the mix you have a lethal combination that usually explodes into mass murder.
The answer to this problem is a simple one and is two - fold. Do not let individuals who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses such as depression own guns, especially those which are rapid fire, or have huge ammunition magazines . Veterans on the other hand need the military, and civil authorities to help them. Veterans should be placed in a program and evaluated for mental illness, and treated before being released back into society. There should also be a safety net for them outside of the miltary that helps them with their needs. Veterans who fought for our country should NOT be homeless, jobless, or hungry ! The United States government owes them more than just their service pay for their duty to our nation. They owe them their lives back, and should do whatever it takes to help them become productive and healthy members of society.
This month I am honoring the victims of two seperate sets of multiple shootings. The first took place in Minnesota, just a few days ago, when an individual who was 36 years old was fired from his job at a sign company, went on a shooting spree and killed five individuals who either worked at the company, or in the case of the UPS driver, was just their at the wrong time. The killer, whose name I would never give honor to here, killed himself as well. A cowardly act that the Gods will never forget, or forgive.
The other shooting took place just 5 miles from my house in the Pathmark supermarket, in Old Bridge, New Jersey. This is a place that I pass by from time to time so I know it well. It also brings home the reality that cimes of this magnitude happen everywhere these days, and not just in large cities. One of the workers, an ex - marine was working the overnight shift at the Pathmark, but left at around 3 A.M. An hour later he came back with an AK - 47 and started shooting even before he made it back into the store. Many of the 14 employees heard the commotion and were able to evacuate or hide. Two individuals were unable to get out of his sights and were killed. Luckily the store was not yet open so there were no customers, and by the time the swat team arrived the ex - marine had taken his own life. It is said that the shooter was suffering from depression.
This month I honor the folowing individuals who were innocent victims of violent crimes :
Cristina Lo Brutto - 18 years old
Bryan Breen - 24 years old
Reuven Rahamim - 61 years old
Keith Basinski - age not given
And the three other victims who were not named.
May the Gods watch over them and keep them until they can one day be reunited with their loved ones. To the families of the victims I have the deepest of sympathy for what you are going through. NO ONE should die before it is their time, and definitely not for a reason that makes no rational sense.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !