Posted by on Monday, October 11th, 2010

There is no way to write about identity theft, or fraud, or any of the usual topics that are important, but pale in comparison to the darkness that fell on the light of the children and women killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.


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How do we protect our people from the actions of a sick and damaged mind? These senseless events are happening all over our country. Many people move to the suburbs or small towns to raise their families, because they believe that it will be a safer life. There is no safe place. An event like this can happen in an inner city, a town, a mall, a movie theater, or a school.

If you have ever lived in a town like Newtown, you know what that small town feeling is like. People are friendly and open, they don’t always have the same fears as those of us who live in a big city. You aren’t prepared for this kind of rage induced tragedy.

We aren’t going to get into politics, or gun control, or any discussion of that sort, although our nation really has to look at the reasons that mostly young men are committing the kind of horrors that have happened in Connecticut, Colorado, Oregon, and the list goes on.

Another mass school killing was avoided on Friday, when police arrested an 18-year-old teenager in Oklahoma, who allegedly plotted an attack on his high school. Sammie Eaglebear Chavez tried to recruit fellow students to help him lure students into the auditorium where he was planning to shoot them, after chaining the doors shut. He also planned to place bombs at the doors.

Those of us who work in investigations and security are often called upon to provide advice and assistance on securing public and private buildings, providing safety to the people who live or work in those buildings. Is that the answer? Do we all have to live, go to school and work in armed fortresses?

Someone with a deranged mind will find a way to carry out his plot. If he can’t obtain firearms, he’ll find a way to make bombs.
I say he, because most, if not all of these killers are young men. If you believe in the Bible, then you know that young men have been killing each other since Cain killed his brother Abel.

Law enforcement and security is important, but even though the first responders prevent further deaths, no one can react in a moment’s time, which is all it takes to kill a number of people. We need to figure out how to prevent this.

If these young men are mentally ill, we need to learn to be more open about mental illness, look for the warning signs and help those individuals get psychiatric treatment. The young men who commit these horrendous acts usually end up comiting suicide, or they are waiting for suicide by cop; an act that also turns law enforcement into victims of the violence.

There is a great debate right now, as there is after any of these events, regarding the effect of video game, movie and television violence on young men.

Many of us have watched violent movies or TV shows, we have played these video games. Has it desensitized us to violence? Probably, at least in some way. Does watching Dexter turn people into serial killers? No. But someone who is mentally unstable, or depressed to the point that they want to die and take strangers out with them, may be influenced by these forms of media. A number of studies have been conducted that show that exposure to violent media increases aggression and anti-social behavior in some individuals.

“If there’s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that’s visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to try.” President Obama

Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, and the entire town of Newtown, who have been devastated by one young man’s actions.

Former FBI Assistant Director Tom Sheer has recruited the best from the FBI, DEA, IRS and Secret Service to build a formidable team at Sheer Investigations. Our private investigators have the sensitivity and experience to handle the most delicate investigations.

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