Guns Are To Blame? Any Reason To Disarm America!Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at 12:35 PM
It is so easy to blame movies, TV, video games, etc. but how about the parents and medical "professionals" and countless other "professionals" that interact with these people for years---and do NOTHING? In most of these cases countless people come out of the woodwork to talk about how "Johnny" was a messed up kid from way back. Or the parents state "we knew something was wrong but did not think medication was fair to our child." Or, "we slept with our doors locked because we were afraid of our child---we knew he would kill someone one day." Johnny used to "torture the family pets but we did not know what to do." And the list goes on and on.
What is wrong with us as a society? Why do "we" feel that it is better to not deal with these issues than to hit them head on before it turns into a mass shooting? Parents would rather cover up the fact that their child is sick than deal with the problem. Educators, medical professionals and law enforcement interact with a majority of these people yet NOTHING is done to help these people. So we blame the guns! Really?
Well, the gun certainly did not jump out of the gun safe (which most of these people probably did not even have these weapons secured), load itself and walk into a school and just start going off. Where is the accountability?
Why have guns in a home where someone who is mentally ill is able to get their hands on it? Why have a gun safe, trigger lock, etc. if the person who is violent or ill will know the combination or how to disable locking systems? In most of these cases the people around these individuals will say that they KNEW something was wrong. Yet these people either never got help or the people around them worked very hard to cover it up/ignore it.
That is what is wrong with society, IMHO. We are all about appearances---looking good in our community. Keeping up with the Jones'. Tougher gun laws are NOT going to cure this. The people who should not have guns will still have the guns or will know how to obtain the guns. Criminals are criminals.
Parents need to be accountable! Educators need to be accountable! Medical professionals need to be accountable! Law enforcement needs to be accountable! Society needs to be accountable! Mental illness is a disease. Covering up the mental illness does not solve the problem or make it go away. Handing out pills without proper evaluation and follow-up does not solve the problem either. We need to spend less time covering the unpleasant things in life up and spend more time dealing with them.
I have had three situations in my life where I have been directly touched by gun violence. I do not think the guns are the problem---it is the people who are able to obtain them and the people around them who cover up the problems. It is not the movies, the music, the video games, etc. that cause these problems. It is a lack of accountability by society. Unless this changes, no matter what laws are put in place, this will continue.
This world has lost all accountability.
On a side note, one of my favorite "gun shows" (American Guns) was canceled recently. These people did not promote murder and mayhem or "condone" gun violence. Watching American Guns was not going to "make" someone go out and kill somebody else. These people, IMHO, promoted gun safety and responsible gun ownership. They are now, collateral damage.
So, I will end this blog by stating once again that the recent school shooting is a terrible, awful tragedy. It makes me sick to see how all of those lives have changed, forever. However, the blame is still in the hands of the parent who owned the guns, allowed the guns to fall into the hands of an unstable child and the professionals who saw the "solution" to the problem was not dealing with the problem. Sweeping mental illness under the rug NEVER works. In this case, society has failed.
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I have lived in Mountain Home for over 11 years now. I love to be outdoors in wide open spaces (as long as it does not involve camping...in a tent and an out house). I dislike Government waste/abuse of tax dollars and "sky is the limit" spending by those that we elect to represent "us." I value free speech when what is stated is factual (as opposed to lies, gossip and un-truths). I love the Chicago White Sox (I never said I was perfect) and the Broncos are okay too! I am 38 years old and married to a guy who is active duty USAF (and a Cubs fan...he is the "perfect" one). I am anti-nuclear and against further desecration of our planet with waste that we can do little to nothing with. If you dislike blunt, this is not the blog for you. Enjoy!
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