Managing Editor's Note: In the aftermath of the massacre in Orlando, I'm brought back to the feelings we had one day after the shootings by Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut, just miles away from my home. How is this carnage possible?
Both shooters [seemed] to suffer from serious mental illness. Both had access to weapons of war, not just hunting or personal protection or sport shooting.
We're an autism-centric news site. But I see a thread connecting the mass shootings that occur all too often and the autism epidemic. Shots. With bullets. Shots. With syringes. Injury. Inaction. Action.
When measles popped up in California, laws were written across the country and many passed (SB277 for instance) despite the fact that no Americans died. Industry profited. With the shootings, it's the opposite. Lawmakers do not rush to pass new laws. Industry profits.
Neither media nor lawmakers are willing look to the pharmaceutical industry for their role in the mental health of our citizens.
Industry is bulletproof.
God bless those killed and wounded and their families and friends. KRS