17 people dead because no one saw the signs that the kid was trying to get there attention !
All of the law enforcement agencies were involved, the schools were involved, some of his peers were involved and yet no one took the time to try to find out what was bothering this young adult.
His foster parents say they didn't see anything out of the ordinary about his behavior, I find that hard to believe but perhaps he wasn't in their home long enough to see his destructive behavior.
Parenting is hard even when it's your own flesh and blood but when it's a stranger you don't have a benchmark to measure with. We sometimes get caught up with our own lives and forget that the teen years are especially hard for kids, and their peers can ad to the problems exponentially, and if there is no one close enough to them that they can go to for GOOD answers they will either internalize the feelings or try to get answers from others who may have the same problems and bad answers.
It's obvious this person had been given a lot to deal with and he wasn't doing a good job at handling it. The people around him that saw his reactions did not see the danger of ignoring his cries for help and the results are devastating to 17 family's.
Now there is more talk of gun control, I agree to the extent that the background checks need to be more thorough with the ability to access records from childhood years, to help get a better handle on the persons mental attitude. We don't need more laws but we do need to better enforce the one's we have. We also need to address the culture that our children are growing up in.
We need to stop trying to remove GOD from their lives because that is the only internal incentive we have to not commit serious crimes like this. It's called conscience, without it we are just a bunch of animals and will continue to head in the wrong direction. This is especially true with the less fortunate among us who have to deal with adversity on a daily basis and don't have a learned friend or pasture to help steer them in the right direction.
Rush Limbaugh was correct, new gun laws won't stop this we need to replace GOD in our lives and the lives of the through away youth. Unfortunately the Bible tells us that won't happen so I'm not sure how we fix this but someone needs to help those who can't help themselves.
May GOD still bless us, Darrell