The Daily Gazette
The Locally Owned Voice Of The Capital Region

See Past Polls

December 17, 2012 Poll Results

Can tragedies like the Newtown school shootings be prevented?

Yes 33% 109 votes
No 66% 219 votes
Total: 328 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


December 17, 2012
10:06 p.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Short of posting an armed, alert and capable guard at every entrance point to every school in the nation, the answer is a sad's impossible.
A determined well armed crazy will always have the advantage over unarmed unsuspecting citizens...he has the weapon, the intent and the advantage of the element of surprise.
We can all demand tighter gun control, incarcerate our mentally challenged even shoot our drug sellers and users on sight...but to no avail. One gun one crazy, one ax or even a nut with a quart of gasoline and a stick of dynamite can slip past all our good intentions and commit unspeakable horrors. We all know deep down that there is very little we can do to stop one deranged individual with a terribly destructive obsession.
There is no easy answer...if only it were so simple, future parents would never have to experience the unimaginable heartache and sorrow now being shared in that small Connecticut town.

December 18, 2012
9:02 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

But, can we allow fewer tragedies? I read that Nancy Lanza bought the guns for protection, so we know the simple answers can make things worse. I also read that some parents of children who have "episodes" eventually must let them commit a crime, which makes the children eligible for better treatment. The situation is complicated and needs to be understood at a personal level (will this child grow to control his anger?) and a social level (funding to treat and control potentially dangerous adults might be overcome by the sheer numbers). I know that's not an answer.

December 19, 2012
1:03 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

i have been visiting newspapers from past decades and there is almost daily reports of multiply murders. one was of a school bombing in Michigan in 1927 that killed 38, mostly children. in spite of advancements in the mental health field it seems these tragedies are always going to be with us. to the victims it's simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. having been living for more than six decades and witnessing many senseless killings i have become hardened to most of these events. but the slaughter of these innocent children as shocked me backed to disbelief. i have no apporpriate words that can describe this tragedy.

December 20, 2012
7:16 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

It's the anti-depressant and psychotic drugs they putting everyone on- starting with the young children- and the all too quick diagnosis of ADHD and Bi-Polar etc etc.
These drugs are altering minds and making people WORSE not better !!
All of these mass shooters are found to be on one of these too easily prescribed drugs- in the name of "chemical imbalance" yet no reputable doctor will tell you what exactly that chemical that is out of balance in your brain is. There is no test for chemical imbalance. Look carefully at the side effect of all these anti-depressants- they say "May INCREASE aggression or suicidal thoughts"- what is worse, our local governments are putting most foster care children on these drugs to control them and subdue them for what is normal behavior from being traumatized when these kids need love and attention and to feel safe and have their basic human needs met. Our society became more violent with the onset of psychotic drugs. Its bad enough people have access to illegal drugs- we dont need medical doctors peddle pushing them on children and teens. I personally tried Prozac to help me deal with a loss- and I quickly found that it made me feel very wierd and not in control- I quickly new better to get off them. But our children and teens whose parents trust doctors dont have the capacity to say no to them. Sadly, there is a club of mothers who have lost children to suicide after putting them on anti-depressants who have witnessed the drugs making their children worse not better.....if you know of anyone on these drugs- please do some research.

December 20, 2012
11:23 p.m.

[ Flag Post ]

tonijean...are you for real? Part of this problem can be solved by getting MORE involved in the lives of people with mental issues. We as a society should identify mental issues and adopt strict guidelines that carefully monitor individuals for potential problems and follow them long term. Effective prevention is a tool we can not afford to overlook.
Years ago the government decided it was too expensive to keep disturbed individuals under strict observation...and left them and their families to fend for themselves. The result was poor medical and psychiatric treatment, resulting in an increase of serious offenses being perpetrated by individuals who could have had proper supervision and preventive treatment.

December 21, 2012
12:39 p.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Tonijean613, I don't often agree with your comments, but you hit this one out of the park. Couldn't have said it better myself. Far far too many people, young and old are on mind altering drugs. And the sad part is that a good percentage of these people have very good lives, they just don't want to cope with the bumps in the road that are part of nornal life.
Several years ago, the adult cartoon South Park had the best line I've ever heard on television. Everyone in the town was taking Prozac, and one of the kids didn't want to take it. His mother said "You kids need prozac, you're acting like a bunch of 8 year olds" The kid replied "But we ARE 8 year olds"
Unfortunately it seems like real life has mimicked cartoons

columnists & blogs