It's one of those nights, so I may as well make the best of it.
In the current and previous gun debates, mental health problems are said to be why people carry out these mass shootings and then kill themselves. And they are probably correct. There has always been and always will be people with mental problems. But put a gun in their hands and the whole dynamic changes. I remember a time when we had mental hospitals, where people were treated for their illness. Wasn't perfect, but then what is? But that put too great a financial strain on government, so we closed the hospitals and put the people out on the streets, let it become a police problem. Well, the police, not knowing how to deal with this because they're not trained for it, had choices. Place them under arrest when they acted out, or in some cases, shoot them. Too many are being denied the dignity of being able to live a normal life because billionaires have to have more money, and that money comes from government graft! Too many are dying, uselessly, because people are not getting the help to be able to live in society. Every life that is lost or has been lost due to gun violence and mental health problems is a cost that is shared by all of society, because we can't find the will to find the resources to stop it. There are answers to these problems, all it takes is to have a conscience and care.
That is sorely lacking these days!
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