Published: Wednesday, Dec. 19 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
Linda, not to in any way trivialize your experience or your son's problems,
or advocate for universal banning of private firearms, but banning guns is more
than a band aid issue for Newtown-style shootings. That kid used a legally
purchased and legally owned military style assault rifle. If private gun
ownership were banned, he wouldn't have had the ready access to it. I'm not going to advocate weakening 2nd Amendment rights, but folks
like Wayne LaPierre need to understand that there is a frightening level of
gun-related deaths in this nation that other first world nations with tight gun
control laws do not experience. And to policy makers in those nations, the
Newtown incident is all the proof they need that banning firearms is the way to
I do agree that universal access to excellent mental health care is a vital part
of the solution (the Affordable Care Act is a huge step in that direction, by
the way). However, until we get to the point as a society that we
can effectively prevent most gun dealths through better mental health, a nation
with fewer guns would be a lot safer.
Mental illness falls under "pre-exisiting condition".Insurance
companies didn't have to cover for it.That Heaven for the ACA -
Affordable Healthcare Act -- aka, Obamacare.
Students who go into social service and mental health fields are told their
degrees are worthless, and not worth having. Legislators question
whether the preparatory bachelor’s degrees should offered.The
numbers of positions in mental health field are being cut.Many students
are not willing to pay for a masters, or doctorate degree; and then make the
same money as someone with a bachelors; or high school diploma.If we do
not fund treatment for the mentally ill: then the mentally ill will be
Emajor, just like banning drugs has reduced the availability of drugs?
I agree. But we need a band aid right now, because fixing mental health care is
a long term healing solution.
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