With the most recent event in El Paso, TX, I figured I would just go ahead and get this off my chest now. Why is it that every time you hear of a mass shooting, you always hear the words "Mental Health Issues" in the same story or chatter from others? We need to focus more on mental health, we have a mental illness issue that needs to be addressed, etc. I am by no means saying there aren't mental health/illness issues that need to be addressed but, is it really the cause for every mass shooting event? Most seem to think so. Personally, I do not think so and here is why: Would someone who has been truly diagnosed with a mental condition create manifestos to "brag" about what they were planning to do, would they go through all the steps of premeditation, dry runs, social media posts, telling others??? Does that really sound like someone who actually has a mental illness? But yet, there are so many that do these exact things.
It is my opinion that blaming mental health/illness in events such as this is nothing more than attempting to provide a 'reason' and/or to give 'closure' as to why someone would commit such a crime. I mean come on, anybody that would go into a school, shopping mall, theater, or any other public place and shoot/kill as many innocent people as they can HAS to be off in the head right? Well, maybe not! This is nothing more than a way to try and plead your way out of a horrific crime you committed to try and lesser your punishment, that is if you make it out alive. As an example, how many mass murders have you seen who have went to court and plead "temporarily insanity" knowing damn good and well what they were doing? Almost all of them right? Why not spend the rest of your life in a hospital getting a life of luxury, a bed, 3 meals a day, than get the death penalty and go straight to death row right?
Here is where we might agree on something though. I DO believe we have an issue in today's society when it comes to pharmaceuticals. It seems now-a-days all you have to do is go into a doctors office, tell them how you feel, and BAM, you got yourself a prescription to fix all your problems. You can take your child to the doctor, tell them they will not do their homework or focus in the classroom and WHAM, you just got yourself some Adderall to solve all your problems. But wait, did you know the Adderall side effects that could include
- Easily Angered Or Annoyed
- False Sense Of Well-Being
- Aggressive Behavior
- Altered Mental Status
- Mood Changes
- Having Thoughts Of Suicide
This is just a few of the side effects and just 1 very common drug given out like a PEZ dispenser. . But yet, we wonder why our youth today is so "out of control". In today's generation, it is so much easier for the parents to provide alternatives to their own responsibilities as a parent. They won't behave, give them medicine. They won't do good in school, give them medicine. Just keep feeding them drugs long enough to where parents don't have to be parents at all. We have all seen it. I will prove it to you. The next time you go out to eat, take a look around you and see just how many families have resorted to paying more attention to electronics instead of with their own family right in front of them. If you are one of them, shame on you! Put your damn electronics away and have some quality family time. Parents today would much rather shut their children up with electronics than to take the responsibilities required for raising a child. It is no wonder that the youth today rely more on their social family versus their real family. Hence in the social environment, this is also where the youth today "feel" more loved, influenced, happy...but unfortunately also, where they are most bullied, depressed, and suicidal. That quality family time I mentioned may just end up giving your child love, hope, happiness.....Life.
Then there is Gun Control:
This has to be the biggest hoax of all. This is nothing more that an infringement of our 2nd amendment. There is not 1 single proposal (or all of them combined) that would EVER stop a mass shooting from occurring. Nothing! Nada! Have you ever heard of anyone who was pushing for Gun Control say "If we put these measures in place, it will stop the shootings".....Yeah, I haven't either. It's because it wont. PERIOD. I can debunk this whole theory with just 1 of the mass shooting event that actually took place and that is, Sandy Hook (there are others). With Sandy Hook, we know that the young shooter, who I am not mentioning, stole the guns from his mother who legally purchased them, to not only kill her FIRST but also the children of Sandy Hook. So please enlighten me here, in what way would any of the proposed "gun control" laws would have prevented this one? What if the shooter bought the firearm from someone privately? My point is, there is no law or background check that will EVER stop a person who is determined to commit a crime such as this. CRIMINALS DO NOT FOLLOW THE LAW! Criminals do not care if the break 1 law or 1,000 laws. Oh yeah, those scary black guns.. the AR-15.. Ya know the one they say belongs in the Military but yet, has never been in the battleground before.. The ones that are preferred for "mass shootings" and are not the ones to blame..Handguns kill more than that scary AR rifle. And for the anti-gun idiots, AR stands for Armalite Rifle.. Not Assault Rifle or Automatic Rifles.. So is it really about saving lives or is it about banning this scary black rifle?
But Chris, what can we do to help prevent Mass Shootings:
This is the easier question to answer. First you need to put yourself in the mind of the shooter, kind of like an FBI Profiler. In the 90's Bill Clinton introduced laws surrounding Gun Free zones that prohibit firearms in specific public places. When it comes to mass shootings, the shooter's agenda is normally to create as much havoc/injury/death as possible. Have you ever heard of a mass shooting a a police station? Of course not. You wouldn't accomplish anything there except causing your own death. That is why over 96% of mass shootings occur in Gun Free zones. In order for these criminals to achieve their "goal", they need to go somewhere where people are not expected to fight back or resist. Like shooting fish in a barrel.
So here are some of my thoughts that can be done:
- Repeal the Gun Free zone laws and allow the citizens to legally defend themselves since no one else is doing it. Note: In most states, signs prohibiting the carrying of firearms do not hold any legal weight in a court of law.
- Provide proper and adequate armed security/police in Gun Free zones that would provide safety for all people within the facility.
- If security measures are not met within these gun free zones, they shall be held accountable for any/all repercussions that may occur from an event that causes injury/death to those who were in attendance of the facility.
You can expand background checks all you want but, there is no background check that will tell you what a person may do in 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years down the road.
So I will say this one more time.. Gun Control is a LIE!! There is no law, no background check, or no ban that will EVER stop a person from committing a crime they are determined to commit. PERIOD!