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  •  Thank you, and I agree with your post as well (4+ / 0-)

    I have thought a lot about this, and I feel like if we don't address the issue in full, we could see more people without treatment. I do want to talk about the gun laws we have: clearly I feel these are flawed. I also want to talk about mental illness. I'd like to see it destigmatized because until it is, it will not be properly treated. My particular concern here tends to be schizophrenia, which took my uncle's life and which afflicted his father as well. I am also understandably concerned about other forms of mental illness which predispose people toward violence. That includes violence toward themselves, incidentally. Asperger's is not one of these disorders which I'm referring to: here, I mean primarily thought disorders which can have a wide variety of causes. These are particular issues which are not adequately treated and which are profoundly stigmatized.

    That's due to a simple, factual lack of information and media hyperbole. So education campaigns here could be useful.

    We need to talk about what we can do to fix our problems with America's glaring absence of mental health assistance and aforementioned public education.

    And we need to talk about our nation's gun availability issues and where these are lacking as well; I believe that's a place that the most energy is really focused right now, at least in terms of the national dialogue. Or maybe that's just what it looks like from my reality bubble.

    I'd add that we also need to deal with our antiquated drug laws which clearly didn't factor into the violence at Sandy Hook, but which are another major part of why the U.S. is a violent nation.

    And I'd add that we need a demilitarized police force.

    There's no pat answer. There needs to be careful analysis to avoid losing the window of opportunity for meaningful reforms with the widest impact.

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    by mahakali overdrive on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 09:18:29 AM PST

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