One Year Ago

Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love. (Dr. Martin Luther King, 1958)

One year ago, a senseless act of violence occurred in Newtown, CT.  Since then 19 other senseless acts of violence have occurred in schools across America.
It’s not about mental illness, it’s not about guns, it’s about a climate where everyone isn’t held with unconditional high regard. It’s about a culture where violence is seen as the way to resolve all issues.
This week, a bill was introduced to solve the crisis of mental illness, and the specter of today’s anniversary was invoked as the impetus for this call of action.
Unfortunately, this bill will not solve the crisis of shootings, such as yesterdays shooting in CO. A mad kid, angry about getting cut from the debate team, chose to legally purchase a shotgun to seek revenge from the debate coach who wronged him.
The senseless violence that goes back to before Columbine has got to stop.

We must answer the hate with the love of holding everyone with unconditional high regard.

Joseph Alex Martin is a Copeland Center-certified Mental Health Recovery including Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Advanced Level Co-Facilitator. Joseph began utilizing his own WRAP in 2008 following his certification as a Peer Support Specialist. Joseph was a Certified Peer Support Specialist in Pennsylvania for 9 1/2 years, and is now living in New Jersey and working in New York. In his role as a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Joseph supports the recovery of his peers in their plans to take action to recover wellness in their lives.