• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 15 comments on Sandy Hook Mother: Guns Are Not the Root Cause of Mass Shootings

  1. All the best from Sacramento CA. Know that others appreciate your refreshing take on root causes and not just tired political posturing. I so hope your outreach touches as many as you can as I know your efforts are honoring Jesse…a true American hero that day.

  2. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I will take your message to heart and I know that you are right- that I have been smug thinking that I’m correct behind my screen – and that caring for each other will have to be fundamental to change.

    1. I know you don’t mean anything wrong, but what you said related to something about which I have been thinking for awhile. As long as people see the loss of a child as just being a loss for that child’s parents, things will not get better.

  3. Inspirational wisdom. Thank you for calling us all to action and urging us away from the all-too-common political fighting and nasty comment dropping. Promoting love and SEL is so much more productive than tearing one another down. I am so sorry for your loss, and sending love.

  4. THIS! This is what is needed. Get to the root cause of these mass murders. Focusing on gun control is like an addict focusing on controlling their addiction instead of getting to the root cause their issues; their trauma, character defects, and resentments.

    All the political money spent by both sides towards gun control or 2nd Amendment rights needs to be spent on mental health both for children and adults.

    1. Guns are definitely not the root cause, but to say that the ridiculously easy access to them is not a major contributor to the violence is equally incredulous. The evidence from all other (developed, comparable) countries with better gun control doesnt lie. Less easy access to guns, particularly those that can kill en masse, reduces gun violence deaths.

      In fact, between better “social and emotional education, less computer time, better parental modeling” and gun control, the latter is easier to control. So, yes, work on mental health but dont allow citizens access to guns when they clearly shouldnt have them,

      1. “Guns are definitely not the root cause, but to say that the ridiculously easy access to them is not a major contributor to the violence is equally incredulous.’ I agree completely!

      2. Agree. There are many miserable, unloved people around the world, many angry, but getting rapid-fire guns with hundreds of rounds of ammunition in the hands of a vengeful, teenage, sociopath is not a great idea.

  5. Guns are definitely not the root cause, but to say that the ridiculously easy access to them is not a major contributor to the violence is equally incredulous. The evidence from all other (developed, comparable) countries with better gun control doesnt lie. Less easy access to guns, particularly those that can kill en masse, reduces gun violence deaths.

    In fact, between better “social and emotional education, less computer time, better parental modeling” and gun control, the latter is easier to control. So, yes, work on mental health but dont allow citizens access to guns when they clearly shouldnt have them,

    1. The thing is, although gun violence deaths do drop, all other crime rises. Take Australia for example, since their gun buy back in ‘96, overall homicide rates have barely decreased and are currently higher than in ‘95. All other “non-lethal” crimes such as sexual assaults are also at all time highs. Where there’s a will, there is a way. In times where people feel especially vulnerable to government overreach (a very understandable feeling, given the past few years) this is definitely a time to chill on more gun restrictions that don’t work or encourage more heinous acts of violence. He have added so many new laws and all we’ve got in return is more deaths. Why can we not stop repeating a failed exercise and focus all of our attention in the areas she has pointed out?

  6. Thank you for sharing your insights. It’s good to know you are doing well! I have often thought about Jessy and his classmates over the years, my own daughter was a first grader when the Sandys Hook families lost their children. I had a panic attack putting her on the school bus the next school day.

    I made a point to learn about the children lost that day and to remember their sweet faces and all the joy and love they gave in the (far too short) time the world was blessed with their presence.

    I agree with you about the changes required starting within each of us. We seem to grow more angry, divided and stressed with each passing year. the sense of community of yesterday, has been forfeited to the false facade of community on social media.

    People are sadder and worse off for it. Teens are anxious and depressed in larger numbers than ever before. They have access to far too much, far too soon, with the internet in their pockets.

    We could all use less screen time, and more real time. Connecting loving and helping others. Tune out, even just a bit to start, and to tune in to our real lives with the people we love.

    Get our kids off the stressful super information highway and on the road back to a healthier, more harmonious, peaceful and happy life.

    Your so right, it had to come from an of us. Thank you very much for sending this message of hope at such a difficult time.

  7. Yes, Gun control is very important, but people look around you if you see a human in some type of distress, acting in a threating way please reach out and get intervention for them. You never know this may save a life or more, Open your eyes it is in our lives all over.

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