This shooting was awful but it really doesn't matter what Congress tries to
do, they can't change the Constitution. The Constitution tells us we have
the right to own guns. But we must remember guns don't kill people, people
kill people. Guns can not kill on their own.
"Gun control and mental illness." That second part above,
you going to do something to help them or to do something bad to those mentally
ill people? I'm hoping the government going to improve for their needs in
terms of financial cost for medications and doctor visits. Better insurance
plans at less cost and social need would be a good start.
"It began as insinuation, but quickly flowered into outright declaration.
Words used to describe the killer, Adam Lanza, began with “odd,”
“aloof” and “a loner,” shaded into “lacked
empathy,” and finally slipped into “on the autism spectrum”
and suffering from “a mental illness like Asperger’s.” By
Sunday, it had snowballed into a veritable storm of accusation and
stigmatization. Whether reporters were directly attributing Mr. Lanza’s
shooting rampage to his autism or merely shoddily lumping together very
different conditions, the false and harmful messages were abundant.Let me
clear up a few misconceptions. For one thing, Asperger’s and autism are
not forms of mental illness; they are neurodevelopmental disorders or
disabilities. Autism is a lifelong condition that manifests before the age of 3;
most mental illnesses do not appear until the teen or young adult years.
Medications rarely work to curb the symptoms of autism, but they can be
indispensable in treating mental illness like obsessive-compulsive disorder,
schizophrenia and bipolar disorder." "Don’t Blame Autism for
Newtown", The New York Times
snowmanProvo, UTThe right to own a gun does not mean you can
leave the gun laying around for any child or mentally ill person to pick it
up.It also does not mean if you sell a gun to a mentally ill person you
are without blame.If gun owners would simply secure their weapons; and
that does not mean in a glass gun case; And do a background check on people
before they sell their weapons to someone else: which does not happen in gun
showsIt would go a long way to preventing these type of incidents.Think back: in the majority of the last ten years mass shootings the shooter
got their weapons because they were not secure or bought them at a gun show.
All that happens when you make tighter gun control laws is that law abiding
people have a harder time buying guns. Criminals will get guns one way or
another. Even in this case, he was not using his own guns. He stole the guns
from his mother.Criminals are not concerned with obeying the law,
that is why they are criminals.In this case we should be addressing
mental health issues and the security of our schools.
You cannot legislate responsibility.The problem is not that we can
have guns, it is that we can not have guns in certain places. If teachers were
allowed to carry a concealed weapon, the crisis would have ended much sooner
with less casualties.Another problem is that if weapons were taken
away, people CAN still find a gun somehow. Everyone look at Brazil, they banned
weapons, did it work for them? Smuggled weapons are just like smuggled drugs,
yes it's illegal, but people STILL do it.
I am truly sorry for the victims of this tragedy and their families, but gun
control is simply not the answer! It will never work to stop things like this.
In China recently there was a massacre of 20 people and the person used a knife,
a knife! So the problem really is getting away from this culture of violence,
educating people about guns, and understanding mental illness. Taking away guns
of any kind is unconstitutional. The 2nd Amendment was constructed to provide
citizens with an equal and comparable means of defense against those they may be
defending against and that includes our own government. In the 18th century
that included muskets, in the 21st century things have changed, but it is still
our right to own and bear arms accessible to our government. If more people were
educated and responsible gun owners more things like this would be prevented.
It's logic. People are less likely to carry out or accomplish acts of
violence if there are two or three people next to them with guns. In the same
situation I would rather have a gun than have to rely on a cop getting there in
time to rescue me.