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- Wedding: July 2015
There’s a bit of a thread going under healthcare and mental illness on this
Just some thoughts on that article: http://thegirlwhowasthursday.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/you-are-not-adam-lanzas-mother/
I think addressing our treatment of mental illness is perhaps more relevant than gun control.
@jjmomma: I think the two are interconnected in so many important ways such that we should not discount either. If we don’t want the mentally ill getting their hands on guns easily, we need to address both the diagnosis and prognosis of mental illness and policies on gun acquisition and ownership.
@jjmomma: Exactly. Gun control, or gun promotion (placing arms in the hands of teachers, armed security at schools, etc.) are both just band-aids. There are societies with and without guns that have very low crime rates. There are societies with and without guns that have higher crime rates. Let’s figure out what makes people want to pick up a gun for this reason in the first place, and if we can fix that, the hunters, target shooters, and lawful self-defense people and the “I am scared of guns and want them nowhere near me” people have nothing to fear from one another.
@jjmomma: There is a quote I saw making the rounds on Facebook (somehow, it got attributed to Morgan Freeman, but it’s from a guy named Mark) that makes that point as well:
“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.
It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.
CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.
You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”
I’m not a huge fan of the title, but the article itself was interesting.
We really need a mental healthcare reform here in the US, but we also need to be careful about how we do it. There are thousands, if not many more, people who have mental illnesses and are a harm to nobody. And then there are people who have mental illnesses and commit heinous crimes. Somehow, we need to separate the two. We still need to treat both, of course, but we can’t lump all mentally ill people into one category.
@WillyNilly: Ah, I’d never make you feel like a loser, Willy. I’ve been crying too much to even shake my head at this point. More violence can’t be the answer though. Our culture has to change. Our society has to place a higher value on… each other. Media has to change. Our forms of entertainment have to change. I’ve been on the fence about the letting my sons play certain video games, but as of now they will no longer be allowed in my home. We’re so isolated as a nation and yet pseudo-connected (as I sit here on the web). We’re relying on pills to alter brainwaves, instead of considering the information being pumped into them.
@Regina Phalange: I’ll be sharing this…
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