Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I will have two lecture/book signings in July. The first is on Saturday, July 19th, at the Richmond County library in Warsaw, Virginia from noon until 2:00 p.m. The second is a lecture signing at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in White Stone, Virginia on Sunday, July 27th at 10:30.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
More lives lost; more parents devastated; more families destroyed; more hand wringing; more anguish; and more inaction.
Once again a mentally disturbed person was able to get his hands on guns with horrific consequences. Once again a deeply troubled individual was allowed to act out the worst horrors of his deeply troubled paranoid world and exact “revenge” on innocent victims. And little or nothing will be done.
Parents scrimp, save and sacrifice to send their children to college only to have them become targets for unstable and disturbed individuals to get retribution for imagined insults. Almost all mass shootings in this country are done by mentally ill males. And, most of these men have problems relating to women—making females a primary target.
Improving mental health care is critical to ending this nation’s epidemic of gun violence. It will take hundreds of millions, if not billions, to tackle mental health problems and gun-related violence. Until there is a public will to put all the resources we can to tackling this problem, Santa Barbaras, Virginia Techs, and Sandy Hooks will continue unabated.
The NRA, the gun manufacturers and some Second Amendment advocates call for unlimited access to guns—no restrictions even for those who are deemed a threat to themselves or others. These gun advocates are so shrill and so powerful that they drown out attempts to discuss the mental health aspect of the violence. They will be shrill again, and just as after Sandy Hook, the politicians will cower and nothing will be done.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The University of Richmond's Osher Institute will host a book signing for Virginia Tech: Make Sure It Doesn't Get Out on June 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The signing will be held in room 204 of the Special Programs Building. There is no charge, but participants are asked to register by calling (804) 287-6344.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
A somber and hard-hitting nonfiction book, Virginia Tech: Make Sure It doesn’t Get Out takes a closer look at the April 16, 2007, shootings at Virginia Tech that claimed 33 lives, said Cariens, of Northumberland County.
The book, which was published in February, takes readers through the shooting, aftermath, investigations and court cases that have sprung from the tragedy.
It calls into question decisions made by people who led the emergency response and investigations and a Governor’s Review Panel Report on the shootings, he said.
“I hope it opens people’s eyes,” he said. “In order to deal with these school shootings and try and prevent them, we need to have very hard-hitting, candid analysis of what went on. We haven’t had that.”
Cariens’ family lost the mother of his oldest granddaughter in January 2002 at a shooting at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va. From that he wrote, A Question of Accountability: The Murder of Angela Dales.
He offered his research on school shootings to the families at Virginia Tech and from that sprang relationships that led to the writing of the book.
Once he covers his expenses, proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the victims’ families that helped with it, which is what he did with his other book, he said.
“I am not taking any money for this. I believe you do not get rich from the murder of people’s children, he said.
Cariens is a retired CIA officer who currently teaches intelligence analysis and writing in the United States and abroad.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Below is the Review of Virginia Tech: Make Sure It Doesn't Get Out that appeared in the April 13th edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
In the long and escalating history of gun violence in America, one of the darkest chapters was written in Blacksburg on April 16, 2007, when student Seung-Hui Cho murdered 32 students and staff members before killing himself.
In “Virginia Tech: Make Sure It Doesn’t Get Out” (315 pages, CreateSpace, $19.95), Kilmarnock resident and retired CIA officer David S. Cariens Jr. examines the massacre and its aftermath, with emphasis on the events that led up to it.
His goal, he writes, is threefold: “to expose the abdication of leadership and authority by politicians, school officials, and law enforcement personnel … to raise public awareness … and to help all families understand what they can do in insisting that universities and colleges have in place effective security measures and that those measures are understood by faculty, staff, and students.”
Cariens, who teaches intelligence analysis and writing in the U.S. and abroad, paints a disturbing portrait of a devastating tragedy that occurred, he writes, “because people ignored the warning signals.” He concludes: “Nothing will change until all segments of society — priests, rabbis, ministers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, professors, politicians, blue and white collar workers, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, everyone — say enough is enough. Individuals can make a difference by demanding that more money be spent on mental health care, holding people in positions of trust accountable when their actions and inactions result in the deaths of innocent people, and finally, by not re-electing those who are in the pockets of the gun lobby.”