For the last several days we have listened to a raging debate over gun control legislation. There are those who advocate strong gun control laws as a solution to the mass killings going on around the country. They seem to think that this will stop these horrific events. However, very little is said about what is obviously a broken Mental Health System in The United States. I would advocate that we focus on the real problem and deal with the violent prone mentally ill who are capable of snapping at any moment for no real cause.
That was what happened in New Town Conn. We all know this, but we sit by and allow politicians looking for a quick score introduce gun control legislation that will not address the crux of the problem. That is that our nations Mental Health System is seriously broken, and that we as a society can not stand by waiting for the next New Town to occur.
Today, on various radio programs we have heard several mothers say that they need help with their child prone to such behaviors Very little is done by local mental health agencies, and then there is always the ACLU opening a court case to push the idea that the patient has rights. If they do not want treatment, or if won’t take medication, then that is apparently their right. However, my question is where does this persons rights end, and the rights of society begin.
This was why I opposed the de-institutionalization of the mentally ill. There are those, true, who are capable of adjusting to society. there are even those who if medicated properly can cope with the every day rigors of life. But there are those who are not able to do so. They are a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode, and the horrific, violent behavior can often lead to tragic events like those that occurred last Friday. Whats interesting is that in most cases is these mentally deranged individuals that bring about events like Calabine, or Arizona, or other such events that we are all aware of.
Guns do not kill. The person behind the trigger does the killing. We need to deal with those people who are not capable of rational thinking before they pull the trigger.
In short, we need to fix the National Mental Health System. We need to step and recognize the real problem, instead of going the easy route which is only good for political points.
That’s my point of view. I look forward to your insight as well. Until then, have a great day and pray for those in New Town………and as usual…….God Bless America!