My Mental Dumping Ground

An outlet to share things that interest or amuse me….

Thoughts on Newtown…

My heart breaks for those who suffered today. I don’t have any children of my own, and can’t begin to understand what those parents and family’s are going through right now. But it breaks my heart, and i cry for them.

This “right to bear arms to protect you from your government” argument may have been believable when the 2nd amendment came in to being, but do you really REALLY think you owning a semi automatic weapon is going to protect you from a Government that now has at its disposal 1000’s of nuclear weapons, warships, drones and their ability to pretty much listen in and read all your phone calls and emails? Give me a break.

What is needed is a culture change. A change that makes the chance of innocent lives being lost less likely. A change that says “reaching for a gun and acting violently” isn’t the first thing thought of when some sick individual wants to rage against the world. There is no simple piece of gun control legislation that would prevent what happened today from happening, however it MUST be part of a greater conversation regarding a culture that seems the reach for the most violent solution to the problems of the individuals in it.

No one, NO ONE needs an AK-47, yet we have a political system where one organisations extremist view-point and political agenda gets promoted and allowed by politicians morally bankrupt enough to be bought off. So another facet of this argument is another reason to get money out of politics. SO many of this country’s most serious challenges could go a long way toward being solved by simply reforming the election/electoral system. The way it operates now is pure insanity, and makes a mockery of the concept of democracy.

These people are sick. Mentally sick. And yet we live in a country where it is easier to buy a gun than it is to get mental health treatment and the mentally ill are stereotyped and stigmatized to a point where they would rather exact their rage on the innocent around them than “suffer the humiliation and embarrassment” of being known as someone who has mental issues.  Getting help takes courage. I would argue that those extreme pro-gun individuals are almost as mentally ill and have their priorities bass ackwards as those that perpetrate such acts of violence seen today.

Those that argue that now is not the time to talk about this issue, i ask, was 9/11 too soon to talk about and act on airplane hijackings?

It infuriates me when i hear people constantly claim that America is the best country in the world. I argue that it is not. I can be. I once was. And it can be again, but people are going to need to rise up and demand change.  But for too long, people have sat on their hands and done nothing. America constantly pressures other countries to embrace democracy, join the civilized world. When will it?

I present the following for your consideration..

 

From Ezra Klein (Go read the whole article)

If roads were collapsing all across the United States, killing dozens of drivers, we would surely see that as a moment to talk about what we could do to keep roads from collapsing. If terrorists were detonating bombs in port after port, you can be sure Congress would be working to upgrade the nation’s security measures. If a plague was ripping through communities, public-health officials would be working feverishly to contain it.

Only with gun violence do we respond to repeated tragedies by saying that mourning is acceptable but discussing how to prevent more tragedies is not. “Too soon,” howl supporters of loose gun laws. But as others have observed, talking about how to stop mass shootings in the aftermath of a string of mass shootings isn’t “too soon.” It’s much too late.

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December 14, 2012 - Posted by | Politics | ,

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