An Insight to a Tragedy
“I love my son. But he terrifies me.” When I asked my son’s social worker about my options, he said that the only thing I could do was to get Adam charged with a crime. “If he’s back in the system, they’ll create a paper trail,” he said. “That’s the only way you’re ever going to get anything done. No one will pay attention to you unless you’ve got charges.”
In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness. This could have been prevented if the mothers had support. This could have been prevented if these boys committing these atrocities could have had treatment.
The liberals will obviously clamor to get restrictive gun laws passes… and in the wake of this horrific school shooting, they will surely succeed. The major media is all about “the need for tighter gun laws” and “restricting assault weapons” and even my more conservative friends at work are saying things like “why should anyone need an assault rifle?” Well, I’ll say that the flint lock was considered an assault rifle in 1860 and the government clamored to restrict the “assault rifle” even then. The point is that everyone, everywhere is hyper focusing on the gun and no one is saying anything about the nut job who did the shooting. The elephant in the room what no one wants to recognize is the state of mental health in this nation today. Because of our state and federal representatives, the mentally ill have been thrust into the general population. This is O.K. if you have a system in place to take care of people when they are in need. Unfortunately, there is none. Because of the cost, mental health care in this country has been shut down.
When I went to nursing school there was huge state hospitals with many people getting treatment on an inpatient basis. Since then, the state hospitals have been all but closed and done away with. This is because of Hollywood and movies like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” where mental health treatment has put into a negative light. Because of this, and the potiential lawsuit, the lawmakers have closed down the hospitals and released the mentally ill into the public. So today, if anyone cannot function in society, they are usually end up being housed within the prison system in lieu of proper treatment. This in not appropriate or humane… but it is certainly cheaper. Closing the state hospitals are saving money and having the insane living in a cardboard box in an alley is still tolerable. Unfortunately, with cutting mental health bad things happen. What angers me is when someone snaps, steals a gun (or knife) and kills a bunch of people, everyone acts surprised and asks “how could this possibly happen?”
I say it’s time to pay the piper and we should make the representatives bare the burden. I mean, if the answer was so simple as outlawing guns, then lets to it! Unfortunately, we only have to look to Chicago IL to see what we are in store for. In Illinois, guns are pretty much, all illegal except for the police. At 192 homicides just for the month of November, Chicago is the murder capital of the nation.
Yep, things are going to get a lot worse.