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December 17th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

How parents can cope with fear

The Connecticut school shooting has left millions of people traumatized and frightened. Among them: many of us parents, who now don’t feel quite as safe sending our children to school.
While the nation processes the horror and fights for change to help prevent anything like this happening ever again, we also need to find ways to handle the rush of emotions we’re feeling.
How do you send your kids off to school and do your best to know they’ll be safe?
For some answers, I spoke with clinical psychologist Paula Bloom.
Share your thoughts at Facebook, Twitter, or CNN iReport.

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    Tuned in late. I heard a man say what I think needed to be said. The first issue isn't mental health. It is why are there guns allowed to be owned that should only be used in war. They are not for hunting. They are for nothing but killing people and to make the people who own them feel stronger and more powerful than anyone else. They are ego boosters for insecure people. And, of course, to ensure the strength and power and the large salaries the leaders of the NRA receive.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  2. Shane McCandless

    This is the most sadistic crime I believe I've seen in my time. I've got 4 children of my own and couldn't imagine having to deal with something so horrible first hand. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and loved ones of those in CT. The issue of gun control has been addressed multiple times over the years. I believe the issue, only compounded by Mental Health issues, is some people just do evil things that we can't predict or prepare for. These high powered rifles have restrictions for civilian purchase, and are legally purchased by most of the people who own them. Stricter gun laws won't prevent the person next to you from killing someone. Those that choose to break the law, find a means to do it. Stricter gun laws won't remove the guns from the hands of those who already intend on doing harm. Guns are sold and traded illegally just like drugs. Consider this also, most of the gun related killings in this country are not by assault rifles...but are by handguns, or other long arms. Mental health issues drastically compound this situation. Whereas an individual with mental health challenges may not be able to purchase fire arms...who's to say they can't steal one. Or, on the other hand, just as China is dealing with...a man stabbed 22 kids!!! Weapons have been around since the beginning of time...whenever possible, those that choose to violate laws and injure or kill people, should be held accountable without delay or restraint. Guns (of any kind) don't kill people...People kill people. As sad as it is...whether 1 victim or 20, and whether it's a gun or knife, or other weapon...these crimes will never go away. Look back over the last 20 or so years...the more we have taken God out of this country...the more evil has taken hold. Taking God out of schools...out of quotes, sayings, proceedings...pledge of allegience, was one of the worst things this country could do. We should start trying to fix this problem by putting God back in this country like when it was founded. As far as laws, the laws that should be addressed are those that keep people on death row for 20 years, or set a Child Molester free after 5 years. We have more laws that make life easier for law breakers that we do ones that punish them. Again, the thoughts and prayers of my family extend whole-heartedly to those affected in CT.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  3. paresh

    hello gun owner has to go get the mentelyabel to keeo gun every 6month&5000$ per gun extra taxif i want to drive after sam age every year get my lincense renue same way every 6month go to dr &get cirt for mentel helth

    December 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  4. Luis Perez

    I'm for gun regulation but if we treat registered gun owners as sex offenders then who will register Thier gun? This is a setback for gun regulation.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
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