I, like the rest of our nation, am heartbroken over the Conneticut school shootings. Like so many, there have been tears. I was holding it in until I saw our dear President wipe his own away during his first speech on Friday. I lost it then.
People ask, ” who does that to a child?” Sadly, lots of people do. How many missing children found dead in remote locations for example? And war? Gaza?
It’s not guns. The same day as those children lost their lives here in the U.S., a man attacked 22 chidren with a knife in China. It’s not guns.
While I was on my honeymoon 22 years ago, my ex boyfriend was beaten to death with baseball bats for no reason at all, by strangers. They didn’t even rob him. Possibly, this was a gang initiation. Maybe. Unsolved crime.
What makes cold blooded murder okay to these people?
I have a bipolar brother. I know he would never harm another person except in self defence. But there have been times when he needed help and refused to get it. It’s the nature of his illness….in those days, we feared for his life yet could do nothing to save him.
Infact, I doubt his diagnoses is correct. He also takes street drugs and ends up in jail on all kinds of drugs, so he can be very psychotic at times.
The man is very messed up. If one of us could have the legal right to get him help when he needs it, much heartache would be be averted and he might get better. But the law says he is an adult and cannot be committed to a hospital against his will. Nobody can force him to therapy sessions or to take meds.
Now imagine these shooters…could they have been helped if somebody in their family had the right to commit them during crisis? Or would that just prolong the inevitable? Are these people beyond help in the sae way serial killers are?
I remember asking my psychology professor about that and he said that these types of people are beyond help….they will never ever change.
I don’t know.
We own a gun. It collects dust pretty much. It’s a rifle. Everybody around us owns guns. I haven’t heard of a shooting around here in the four years we have owned this place and that’s despite an obvious meanness and hatred that runs though some of the peope around here.
Would I give up my gun to bring those children back to life? You better believe it. But does my owning a gun contribute to what has happened? No.
All these politicians are saying that we need to improve our mental health services. We need to improve access. Republicans want to cut public aid and Social Security. The mentally ill, like my brother, need these services. My brother cannot hold a job. Heck, he can’t even hold a conversation.
It’s all lip service when these same people say they want better traetment for those who can’t function enough to have private insurance. Maybe this will give these folks something to think about.
May the victims of violence all over the world rest in peace. May God comfort the rest of us.