A year ago, the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre shook up Americans. However, the impact of the murder of 26 people—including 20 children—was unfortunately not enough to ensure that a similar tragedy does not happen again.
Federal investigators were unable to determine what motivated Adam Lanza to go to the Connecticut school, commit mass murder and then kill himself. What became clear is that this individual had known mental health issues and a fascination with firearms—the same ones he used for the killings.
That is why it is outrageous that, after the mourning period, during which each of the children murdered was remembered once and again, everything has remained basically the same.
There was general consensus about the need to reinforce health care for people with mental illnesses, which suffered budget cuts of more than $4 billion from 2009–2012. The only real impact in this area was the White House’s decision to reallocate more funds for mental health services and other monetary increases, as a result of the implementation of Obamacare.
As far as gun control, the results could not be more disappointing. After much rhetoric, Congress was unable to approve any bills to monitor firearms.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) prevented even the approval of a bill requiring background checks for gun buyers, a measure that had popular support from the majority. The NRA also successfully punished elected officials who backed reasonable measures in favor of gun control.
It is horrible that, as a consequence of this tragedy, the manufacturer of the weapon that Lanza used saw a 36% increase in sales of that rifle because of fear of it being banned.
To summarize, everything is still the same. The possibility that a mentally disturbed individual could commit a massacre at a school has not decreased. In reality, it has increased, since there are more weapons like Lanza’s in the hands of people whose mental status is unknown.
The anniversary of Sandy Hook serves as a sad reflection about our culture and its unhealthy obsession with firearms.