Topic: Connecticut school shootings

It’s Now Legal For The CDC To Research Gun Statistics And Public Health

It's Now Legal For The CDC To Research Gun Statistics And Public Health

After the Newtown massacre in December, a number of graphs depicting gun statistics went viral, and a number of takedowns quickly emerged pointing to their inaccuracy. That’s probably due, in part, to the fact that there’s been a virtual ban on research of how gun violence impacts public health in the U.S. According to NBC, the NRA has effectively had a stranglehold on gun statistic research. That’s a story in and of itself, but today, the major headline is that Obama is clearing the way for scientific inquiry into how gun violence impacts our health (and giving researchers some funding, while he’s at it). More »

#nothelping: NRA Calls For ‘Active Mental Illness Database’ & Armed School Guards Instead Of Gun Control

#nothelping: NRA Calls For 'Active Mental Illness Database' & Armed School Guards Instead Of Gun Control

The National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre called for armed guards at every school, and an “active mental illness database” to prevent shootings in today’s NRA Sandy Hook press conference. His strongest focus was on promoting armed defense–”The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said after explaining that no one at Sandy Hook Elementary School could stop gunman Adam Lanza because they weren’t armed. But he also slipped in several other arguments, including mention of the fact that there’s no “active national database of the mentally ill”…This isn’t exactly what I meant when I said that we should take a closer look at mental health care in light of Sandy Hook. More »

A Newtown News Story That Actually Makes Us Smile: Comfort Dogs

A Newtown News Story That Actually Makes Us Smile: Comfort Dogs

There isn’t a whole lot of good news coming out of Connecticut since the Sandy Hook school shootings last friday, but a new story about comfort dogs in Newtown is surprisingly uplifting. The dogs (also called therapy dogs) were brought from Illinois to brighten the mood and provide some joy, especially for the kids who survived Friday’s events. And the kids’ reactions will make your heart melt. More »

The Sandy Hook Argument We Don’t Need To Have: Whether The Shooter Was Vegan

The Sandy Hook Argument We Don't Need To Have: Whether The Shooter Was Vegan

Since the deaths of 20 students and 6 teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary school, everyone we know has been arguing over which arguments to have, and when to have them. But one argument that’s emerged since Monday is so irrelevant, it’s shocking: The fact that the shooter, Adam Lanza, was vegan. Because we write about diet and veganism on Blisstree, it seems like a story we should weigh in on. But frankly, it’s only worth bringing up to say that it’s offensive. More »

Victoria Jackson Likens Sandy Hook Shooting To Abortion; Gives Mike Huckabee A Run For His Money

Victoria Jackson Likens Sandy Hook Shooting To Abortion; Gives Mike Huckabee A Run For His Money

As details about the Sandy Hook school shooting came out on Friday, a lot of people argued that it wasn’t the time to discuss politics and gun laws. But Victoria Jackson was busy making the argument that killing 20 first-graders is just like abortion. Because (insert sarcastic tone here) that’s almost as helpful and appropriate as Mike Huckabee blaming the massacre on separation of church and state. More »

SNL Connecticut Tribute: Best Media Tribute To Sandy Hook Victims This Weekend

SNL Connecticut Tribute: Best Media Tribute To Sandy Hook Victims This Weekend

The Connecticut school shootings have caused grief and debate since Friday, especially over the media’s responsibility in turning mass murderers into anti-heroes. But in an unexpectedly classy move, Saturday Night Live ditched their planned comedy skit to open the show with a moving tribute to Newton and the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School: a rendition of “Silent Night” from the New York City Children’s Choir. More »