An Educated Talk About Guns and Our Worst Enemy
We're all friends here...
The title of this hub is a lead-in to get you curious about what or who the enemy really is (Hint: it's not mental illness or guns). I approach all my hubs with logic and passion. I'm passionate about people using some common sense and logically I know that in an age of abundant information, people settle for quick, sometimes incorrect information. Who wants to look up reliable sources from objective websites or resources when you can open up your email page on your iPhone and get some flash headlines on Yahoo! or MSN? Personally I think the media enjoys telling us how to think, pulling at our puppet strings.
I did some work for all of you out there, I looked up statistics, I even did some deductive reasoning for you. But now's not the time to call me your best friend...yet because my opinions and views are pretty strong and I will stand behind them, but I do love a good discussion and I'm open to whatever, within respect, you want to post in my comment section.
Blatant discrimination and gun laws
People are seeking addtional information included in a background check for buying a gun. One main component being focused on is mental illness issues. Logically it sounds perfect, in light of recent gun related massacres, to propose that no one with mental illness should be allowed to buy a gun.
My issues with this:
- People with mental health issues are commonly discriminated against. This perpetuates more discrimination in our society for the mentally ill who have already been outcasted in the form of prison or homelessness.
- If it stands to reason that people with mental health issues are the typical gunmen in the last several incidents then wouldn't it be logical to ascertain whether minorities should be allowed to purchase firearms? Majority of prison inmates are non-white so their criminal behavior is obviously a reflection of instability and menace to society (like mentally ill) therefore they should not be trusted with a firearm either.
- We've always had mentally ill people and always had guns, why the gun related massacres in public places now (in past 10-15 yrs)? Seems like we have different problem altogether- another enemy we're not recognizing.
- Who determines which disorders (mental illness) in the Diagnostic Statistics Manual of mental disorders are banned from purchasing? Depression is a common diagnosis given by a general practitioner. If it is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) this eliminates 1 in every 5 military personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan (not including Vietnam/ other wars) from purchasing a gun. Seems fair right...since they fought for our freedom? And by the way...that rate jumped 50% in the last year– and that’s just diagnosed cases (the ones we know about). Another point on this topic is recently the Mental Health manual added "Internet Overuse" to the list of disorders. Are any of us who use the Internet a lot able to purchase guns?
Don't get help
What we've learned now is don't get help, don't seek counseling, and don't talk to your general practitioner/doctor about your problems- they may label you too and your rights will be forefeited. We ban those with mental issues from guns, and we're doing a huge disservice to people who need to get help. We are perpetuating the myth that mentally ill people are bad.
What we need to do is take responsibility and recognize those who have mentally ill people in their family, for instance, need more support, need to be aware and plugged into these members with special needs. We need an action plan rather than more government control or another law- looks like we're doing something but this trend of massacres will not cease if we don't address our real enemies.
Fact: Imposing a law that scrutinizes those with mental health issues, will likely discourage those who need help to get help. People will shy away from getting help if society is further discriminating against them. I've spent some time in Psychology and even with mentally ill patients and I can tell you from experience these people act out in exact proportion to how they are treated. If you look at them oddly or treat them oddly they act that way more so than if you treat them with respect and neutrality.
There is so much shame surrounding going to counseling or seeking help that we will now be magnifying that. Putting that label on; mentally ill are worthless, shameful, not to be trusted, irresponsible, and bad. Shame on us!
Common Sense 101
It's debatable whether all the recent (prior 10-15 yrs) gun massacre incidents involved a mentally ill gunman. We look at them and we label them as mentally ill. Who else would do something like that? I enjoyed an article, one of my commenters from another hub shared with me, that is about whether these young men are mentally ill or socially frustrated (article link below).
Join me. Class is in session. Common Sense 101:
- These gun men are young males. Something else besides guns are a common factor.
- Adam Lanza had Asperger's which is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, physical clumsiness and atypical (peculiar, odd) use of language. Cases of autism, like Asperger's, have gone up 78% in the last decade- overral up in the last 20 yrs. Most diagnosed group? Boys.
- Young white males are the most underrepresented failing group in society (failing socially, women outnumbering them as college graduates, lacking jobs). Example: James Holmes of the Colorado shooting was reported to have been a good guy, kind of nerdy, but severely lacked skills with women. He searched for love online with near-prostitutes and not even they wanted anything to do with him.
- We're rewarding bad behavior. First, you can get a high score on your favorite violent video game for killing the most people in record time. Wow what a triumph! From the Example above: James Holmes now gets love letters and tweets from girls who think he's hot! He killed and is getting more attention and more interest from women than when he was doing the right thing. Yikes! Common sense says that's screwed up!
- AR-15 rifle is the most popular rifle sold in the United States today. Millions have been purchased by American citizens since 1963. Logic/common sense would tell you we've had them around apparently since 1963 but it's only been recent years in which we are dealing with random public gun massacres. The guns didn't change...so society has a different problem to face besides guns.
- More people are killed by hammers, prescription drugs (paid for by the public), vehicle accidents, drunk driving, and you know the list goes on. Guns aren't the bad guy or perhaps we need to take away hammers, medicine, cars, and alcohol.
- I live in Washington State which voted legalization of marijuana and their reasoning for making it legal is that it will bring in money/revenue in spite of the knowledge that marijuana doubles the risk of a fatal car accident while under the influence. We can excuse those deaths but change the law to ban something for other deaths (involved in massacres). Common sense says what are they smoking?
- James Holmes: Mental Illness or Social Frustration? | Psychology Today
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- School Obama's Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards
Some interesting news has broken in the wake of the latest push for gun control by President Obama and Senate Democrats. Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact.
Our worst enemy
We are. Simple...too simple? Yes, we're our own worst enemy. Do you know why?
- Adam Lanza's mom should not have taken him to a gun range to learn to shoot. As a responsible mom, she should have known better. No law would ever discriminate against her getting a gun, but she was either too negligent, selfish, or lacking in common sense to own a gun. No law would protect us against someone like her purchasing a gun. And no law will ever protect us against someone like Adam from stealing it.
- We babysit our kids with violent video games, TV, and music, and non-stop busy activities which have taken over family time, community time, and good old fashioned boredom time for reflection.
- We're too busy to pay attention. Parents have been neglecting their kids for decades and we've seen some major changes in our society as a result; entitlement, disrespect, youth without focus or goals, and desensitization.
- Nobody wants to take the blame so we have the nerve to put the blame on guns? An inanimate object? Or the helpless group of mentally ill whom we still haven't proposed what to do about them.
- Adam Lanza and these numerous young gun men are the first victims. Society and their family failed them.
- Fact: Stricter gun control has no effect on reducing homicides. Pursuing gun control is living in denial and distraction from the real issues.
- We're ignoring our social ills and refusing to take responsibility even for ourselves or own family. We've turned a blind eye.
- Our own president is a hypocrite. His daughters go to a school with 11 armed guards and a police officer. This should be at every school. Children can't protect themselves effectively.
Hey everybody, we failed! Wake up!
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