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Tilting the Newtown 'Conversation'

Mick135 Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 4:35 PM
I worked as a lowly tech during '78-79, at the Galesburg Research Hospital, formerly associated with mayo, and at the time a place of confinement for the "developmentally disabled", violent and otherwise. Over the next few years I went into EMS and nursing, and as the facilities closed down and patients were given prescriptions and checks, i would see them in a different professional capacity. Most of them are gone now; victims of themselves and a system unprepared to manage the influx. More than once I did CPR on former facility patients who'd walked into traffic, in front of trains, etc. It's time to revers that trend. Sad but true: a significant portion of our society has no business on the streets, and not because they are criminal
Mick135 Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 4:36 PM
That doesn't mean they pose no risk to themselves or others, though. Nor does it mean that the rights of those who are not in that category have to be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.
It's too hard to try and make sense of a senseless event. Adam Lanza's merciless slaughter in Connecticut has forced everyone with a microphone to insist we have a "national conversation" about why this happens.

But this urgent need to talk is not an excuse for a reckless discussion. Sadly, that is where we're headed, with pundits hysterical, naive or both.

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