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Shootings Here, Stabbings There — What's Happening to Us?

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The most significant story of the week--or even the year--is clearly the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that took place on Friday. As journalists, we never expect to cover something like this, nor are we ever adequately prepared, even if it's just to write a short summation. All I will say is that my thoughts, prayers and tears are with the families. For in-depth coverage, visit our sister site, Newtown Patch.

Find out how to help families affected by the tragedy here. 

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Did you know that something similar happened in China yesterday, but with a knife? There were no deaths, but the horror is the same. 

The man attacked an adult, then 22 children in the early morning hours. 

There was a string of similar assaults in 2010, when a total of 20 schoolchildren were killed, and an additional 50 were injured. According to CBC News, most of the attackers were "mentally disturbed men involved in personal disputes or unable to adjust to the rapid pace of social change in China."

Is that the case here? In the media and in personal conversations, people have blamed violent video games and movies, a lack of empathy due to the constant "plugged in" nature of our society, and lack of gun control laws. 

Do you have a theory as to why we're seeing an escalation in mass shootings? 

Count Raoul December 16, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Crystal: You ask public questions that many of us have asked privately. We discussed this at home last night. The knee-jerk reaction from some has been to blame it on taking God out of schools. I don't see it that way. That's a cop-out. The conclusion we came to last night is that our access to media may be driving some of this. Not only is every event, even a relatively minor one far away, beamed into our homes, but the copy-cat mentality takes hold when the psychotic see the fame garnered by these crimes. I'm not saying the media is at fault. I'm just saying that the growth of access to every crime has repurcussions. I also am very concerned about access to handguns and assault rifles. I've written about this on Athens Patch a few months ago. Why, why, why would a single mother in rural CT. feel the need to legally own the guns used on Friday. I'm keeping my mouth shut temporarily out of respect of the children, but I will not be silenced long. Yes, it's not the gun's fault. But my shotgun protects my family, your assault rifle and handgun are used for offense, not defense. Thanks for asking these questions.

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