As yet another school shooting has unfolded here in the states, among the sadness I feel I often question why this continues to happen and what are the solutions?
Please find this in utmost respect for those affected. Tragedy creates clarity for some.
To begin with, the 2nd amendment does NOT say that everyone in this country can own as many guns as they want to. Ask any English teacher and they will tell you the 2nd amendment says if you are part of a state militia you have the right to own a gun. That is ALL it says.
There is no easy solution, if there was we would have done it already. It is going to take some time before anything we come up with starts to make a difference.
More guns is NOT a solution, all that will do is get people shot on both sides of the room. Nobody knows how they are going to act with someone shooting at them until it happens and then it's to late. So having people in the room with guns not knowing how they are going to act if someone shows up and starts shooting
It's time the U.S. got serious about gun-control. We are the outlaw nation in the civilized world and it it is killing us. I do not mean that metaphorically. Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by firearms than citizens of other developed nations. In a study of 23 developed nations, even though it has half the population of the other 22 nations combined, the United States accounted for 82 percent of all gun deaths. The United States also accounted for 90 percent of all women killed by guns, the study found. Ninety-one percent of children under 14 who died by gun violence were in the United States. And 92 percent of young people between ages 15 and 24 killed by guns were in the United States, the study found.
Yes, everytime a school shooting tragedy, happens, I feel sick and helpless! (I usually feel sick for all the shoot-ups). I think I feel so angry that I feel sick! It is the people that we vote into our government that is supposed to help us come up with a solution to this killing problem! But, we get nothing! It does not seem to matter that these beautiful young people and their teachers, are shot to hell! If it isn't one of our politician's child...it is to far off, to matter! Well... It matters everytime a child is shot to death, I feel the pain of those parents! I have beautiful children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and my friends and my comminity has beautiful young people! But, no! The NRA, and the gun manufacturers, don't care! Our elected officials need their money to keep their office, so lots of dead people here and there...is just collateral damage in the course of everyday business! We have become a social order that cares little about dead people until it happens to one of them...and then it is too late! Yes, America is sick with something...as it is no longer bothered by it's 'shot up' dead citizens!
A major factor is Reagan closed many of the institutions and organizations that helped people with mental health issues. Also, insurance companies don't cover mental health well, and treatment is very expensive. Also, many people do not respond well to many of the medications. Couple this with a lack of supervision and you gave a recipe for disaster.
Not just more gun control, but nation wide laws so that you can't just cross state lines to skirt the issue. We will never stop this, but we can, should, and must try to minimize it. We did not tolerate tampering with Tylenol bottles, we forced auto makers to add seat belts and many other safety features, why is the NRA so damned untouchable?
No matter the ‘background check or psych profile,’ the problem would remain, if ‘dad’s’ an upstanding sensible and diligent man ...and his teenage son’s an Antisocial mess.. That kid’s going to get his hands on Dad’s weapons.. It’s the Hardware, the semi-automatic military assault weapons & ammo clips - not ‘the rules.’
...and everytime there’s mass murder.. The far-wrong just know that ‘after this - they’re definitely going to ban guns’... So, they buy more! Prices escalate, ‘guns’ appear to be a fantastic ‘investment’ … ammo & body armor too.. Now there’s even more! …piled away under some ‘law abiding’ mom or dad’s bed … just waiting for their son to stage his suicide by mass murder.
Stricter gun laws can't stop all bad people from doing bad things, but I don't believe that means that we shouldn't try. The thing that tighter gun restrictions can do though is to limit the number of casualties if someone does flip. Also if easy availability to handguns wasn't the norm, a lot of people might get the ten or fifteen minutes they need to cool down and not engage in violence. It would also stop this almost sexual attraction to the weapons if it wasn't being normalized and fetishized. I grew up around guns all of my life and I've shot them and gone to gun ranges. I even did some shooting down at a range in Florida. I would never want to see all guns made illegal or even the majority, but there is middle ground. A big step forward would be psych screening for all potential gun owners. There are also many other proven methods for reducing gun crime. I may be wrong on this exact number, but it really doesn't matter, you can still see the point, but I believe that Japan only had one gun death in all of last year and no mass shootings. Again I apologize if I got the exact numbers wrong, I didn't want to stop and look it up, but I think all can agree that there are a lot better ways of dealing with the gun issue than what we're doing. Basically we aren't doing anything and if the NRA and the gun profiteers have their way, we never will. We'll just have to accept 13,000 people killed each year, and 27,000 injured by guns. That doesn't count all of the suicides committed with guns. We also need a national universal healthcare system that includes mental health as well. Many more people would actually see their primary care physician and a lot of mental health issues could be caught and dealt with that way. I also believe that if we had a national healthcare system it would help alleviate the overwhelming sense of anxiety that permeates our culture. That anxiety translates into violent behavior. The answer is a multi-pronged approach and for goodness sake let's study what other countries are doing that have all but eliminated this problem. We don't always have to reinvent the wheel.
I think we are headed in the right direction with anti bullying. I think the children who are taking our other children are because they are bullies and gem they have no other recourse and have psychological resentment to the "cool kids" and they feel this justifies their means. I don't condone it, I'm just, like everyone else, trying to understand.
License guns and regulate them like cars. You must be trained, you must have insurance, you must have a clearance for your mental health. Look at the rest of the nations of the world, especially Australia. No one has gun violence like the US does.
Gun control is not the answer. The problem is this country's mental health programs have been cut so severely that people who need help can't get help when they need it. You can blame a lot of people but the two biggest reasons is government not wanting to spend the money and people who feel it is not PC to even discuss mental health as it may offend someone.
From personnel experience I know that there isn't really any help out there. My daughter had adopted two boys whose mother had had five kids taken away because of her drug use. The oldest seems be okay but the youngest is a terror. It had gotten so bad that my daughter went into joint conservativeship with the state just so he could receive help.The process took more than a year but he was finally place in a controlled environment.
I think we should have a right to bare arms, it should be a essential right, I agree the second amendment states in a well regulated militia, however joining a militia will receive great scrutiny from big brother, and that's the militias job to protect us from the government when it gets out of hand.
The only reason we have the second amendment is because of the french revolution.