The shooting in Newtown, Conn., is truly a tragic event. Six dedicated teachers and 20 innocent children died. Let us not forget a troubled, young man and his mother. A total of 28 people died. How sad! We are all looking for answers to the questions, "Why, and what can we do to prevent further such tragic events?" Some of the suggestions being made are to ban automatic and semi-automatic guns; improve the mental health system to detect mental illness and provide mental health care earlier; stop producing violent video games, movies and lyrics, which glorify violence. I think these suggestions all merit attention and further discussion.
I would like to present another issue for possible consideration. Perhaps we need to look at the overall attitude of our society toward the issue of respect for life in general. On Dec. 13, 1971, the case of Roe v. Wade was argued in court, re-argued on Oct. 11, 1972 and decided on June 22, 1973. Since that time, millions of lives have been started and ended, without ever having a chance to speak for themselves. Society claimed that this was a major accomplishment in helping to establish individual freedom and rights.
At that time, Mother Theresa of Calcutta, cautioned us, "A society which disrespects and destroys life in its most innocent state, is a society which will destroy itself." I am not saying that this is the single and only answer to the question, "Why?" I do believe, however, that it is a topic worthy of further discussion. Unfortunately, with society having already accepted abortion as a solution to an "unplanned or unwanted pregnancy," for half of a century, I am afraid that it will not be given much consideration.