does not do the devastation felt in Newtown, CT justice. Seeing thousands of
people, cars, flowers, police, media, memorials and passing hearses up close
and in person was like a punch in the gut. So overwhelmingly sad and tragic.
This was written by my friend William C. Jackson. I will add no words to the discussion as the piece speaks for itself.
Originally posted on Facebook December 14, 2012
"Rant/Commentary...I am just going to come
out and say it...I am mentally ill. I am not joking here. It is the
truth. I have been battling depression and anxiety for the past
five-and-a-half years. And for all the problems I have had, including
dealing with cruel, insensitive people, I
have never thought about buying a gun, and then going to a public space
to start opening fire (My illness is well-documented, so I wouldn't be able to get a gun, anyway).
I said that if it is revealed that the scum that killed all those
people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown had a mental illness, I
would be EXTREMELY angry. Why? Because I have a mental illness. And
most people with mental illness are NOT violent. They want to be treated
just like everyone else, and I am no different. But with things such as
this happening, there is a stigma associated with having this illness
(Can he be trusted not to hurt anyone if something bad happens to him?
William C. Jackson
I feel for the families of the families of the victims, especially those that will be without their child for the holidays.
I believe that there is a special place in hell for people like the gunman.
Please, media, do not say that he had a mental illness. Don't make it harder for people like me.