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Ever since Sandy Hook happened I've been trying to make sense of the tragedy, getting as much information as I can. And the one thing I can say overall is...

I'm irritated.

I'm irritated because we had another mostly preventable massacre of our children.

I'm irritated because I spent the last few days fighting with people who insist that we don't have gun problem.

I'm irritated because both the right and left are to blame for allowing this to happen.

I'm irritated because the right only blames mental health, video games, and violent movies.

I'm irritated because the left only blames assault rifles and high capacity magazines.

I'm irritated that it took this long for any politician to have the balls to even start having this discussion in the first place.

I'm irritated with the argument that because criminals will find a way to get guns, why should we bother with any regulation.

I'm irritated that people still equate gun control with the notion that it means banning all guns.

Lastly:

I'm irritated that one day I will fear my future children going to school because someone will be able to legally purchase a high powered weapon and kill them and then themselves because they were mentally disturbed.

All of these things have been chafing me the entire weekend and beyond. I hear the same arguments from people. "Criminals will get guns anyway so regulation wont work." or, "It's my right to have a gun, the constitution says so." or "More guns will make us safer." and my favorite stupid comment of the day "You liberals want to ban our guns because....you're communists and hate freedom!"

I've come to the conclusion that no matter how many facts and statistics and good arguments I present, the people who make these arguments will not listen. They will cling to their fears and delusions despite the fact that owning a gun in the home makes you more likely to be killed by it. Nancy Lanza is a prime example, as well as that three year old who found his uncles gun and accidentally killed himself with it. Or how about suicide,people with guns in the home are more likely to commit suicide with it than defend their homes. On and on, over and over with the lies, with the anecdotes, the NRA posters on Facebook saying "Guns don't kill people"

Maybe not, but it sure makes it a lot easier!

Every time I ask this simple question; Is your right to acquire a weapon without a background check or waiting period more important than our children's lives.

Is not having a minor inconvenience in your day when you go to get a weapon worth being able to save the lives of the most innocent among us?

Do our second amendment rights overshadow the right to life for someone else?

Is it worth waiting a little a longer to get a gun and having to pass a background check and a mental health screening knowing that this will help prevent crazy people from getting a hold of a weapon?

It is to me, as a responsible gun owner I am more than willing to go through a background check and mental health screenings to get a gun. And I don't need an assault rifle with a 30 round magazine. No one does.

Which brings me to the crazies convinced that the U.N. is going to take over and that they need their guns to fight the government.

Fight the government...a government that has drones, tanks, choppers, hellfire missiles, etc. The most powerful military on Earth, and hillbillies think them and their semi automatic bushmasters can make a dent against it.

Talk about a delusion.

Another thing that bothers me is the fact that both sides are not looking at the entire issue. We do have a gun problem as the left says, but we also have a mental health problem as the right says, but what neither say is that we also have a poverty problem.

It's really a complex issue.

But I see three factors that can be addressed in order to prevent another Sandy Hook tragedy:

The first and simplest fix is to prevent certain kinds of guns from getting into certain peoples hands through sensible regulation.

Next we increase funding for mental health services and expand the health care law to include funding for treatments of many common mental illnesses and personality disorders.

And then we go after poverty and the massive amount of income inequality in this country. As income inequality rises so does violent crime. That's a big problem and a big factor on why there is so much violence in our culture today. People are stressed out, working longer hours for less pay, producing more but gaining less. Less money means that people will avoid the doctor for things like depression and anxiety. We also have to look at depression caused by factors like unemployment, and divorce. Divorce rates are linked with disagreements on finances, and divorce is the number one cause of suicide in U.S. cities.

"People who keep a gun in their home are almost twice as likely to die in a gun-related homicide and 16 times more likely to use a gun to commit suicide than people without a gun in their home.".

The common theme is between all of these factors is the gun. Currently there are 88 guns for every 100 people per capita, the highest in the world.

The prevalence of guns isn't the only issue, but it's one of the biggest parts of the culture of violence in America. Now many pundits, especially on the right point the finger at violent video games and movies. Calling them murder simulators.

But in reality human beings have had a long history of killing each other, and that was way back before video games and movies. So this argument is simply a way to point the finger away from the three majors factors that are part of the gun violence problem.

As an avid gamer and someone who knows many in the gaming community, we can all attest to the fact that violent video games do not create violent people.

Gun violence is usually the result of mental illness, financial problems, emotional distress, and access to cheap, easy to acquire weapons.

If we focus on these factors then maybe we can actually do something to prevent another Sandy Hook, Columbine, Tuscon Arizona, Virginia Tech, etc. We just have to acknowledge all of the factors and be willing to do something about it.

Come on America, time to get our heads out of our asses and do something.

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  •  Rightgeous rant. I am currently in fear as I have (5+ / 0-)

    three critters in school (3rd through 6th).

    It is outrageous that we have to live in this constant threat because the NRA chooses to inflict domestic terrorism on us every day.  When will it end?

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 01:21:54 PM PST

  •  This is an excellent diary. (3+ / 0-)

    The problems are enormous---- and there are so many factors that play into this.

    This would solve quite a few of these issues-

    Is it worth waiting a little a longer to get a gun and having to pass a background check and a mental health screening knowing that this will help prevent crazy people from getting a hold of a weapon?
    Matrurity----responsibility and good citizenship---as well as a practical common sense approach to all of this.

    "If it were up to me, I'd take away the guns."--Cheryl Wheeler

    by lyvwyr101 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 01:40:59 PM PST

  •  Excellent points. (3+ / 0-)

    I think that this shooting incident has pushed us all into a new place, and I think you have described what should result.

    It is obvious that 100 shot magazines full of bullets that create horrific wounds in many people a minute are insane.  That kind of capacity is not actually practical, but is the result of a consumer frenzy based on paranoid fantasy.  

    Why should we support massive profiting off of that?

    Why should we put up with making these weapons freely available to people who are operating on a psychotic delusion?

    Apparently, if teachers talk to parents and confide that their children are showing signs of mental illness, the teachers should not fear retribution.  Teachers should be listened to, taken seriously, and this should be the cause of a mandated evaluation and treatment course.  

    If we have to change laws to change the status quo, we should do it and do it now.  Stat!  I hope that the Obama Administration looks at this particular point as it may well be the single most effective point to address.  

    We may learn more stuff that we need to know about and deal with as the information is made available about what happened with this and the other mass shootings.  We should look to what we have to do.  

    I think that the cuts in mental health care funding over the years are probably a prime cause.  We should be very concerned about this.

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 02:13:39 PM PST

  •  We certainly are # 1 in guns per capita with Yemen (4+ / 0-)

    a distant second at about half. A WaPo article summarizes how crazy this is:

    American gun ownership rates are positively unparalleled
    see whole article.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 03:06:31 PM PST

    •  A clear vision- (3+ / 0-)

      Lyrics
      If It Were Up to Me
      Words and Lyrics by:
      Cheryl Wheeler

      Maybe it's the movies, maybe it's the books
      Maybe it's the bullets, maybe it's the real crooks
      Maybe it's the drugs, maybe it's the parents
      Maybe it's the colors everybody's wearin
      Maybe it's the President, maybe it's the last one
      Maybe it's the one before that, what he done
      Maybe it's the high schools, maybe it's the teachers
      Maybe it's the tattooed children in the bleachers
      Maybe it's the Bible, maybe it's the lack
      Maybe it's the music, maybe it's the crack
      Maybe it's the hairdos, maybe it's the TV
      Maybe it's the cigarettes, maybe it's the family
      Maybe it's the fast food, maybe it's the news
      Maybe it's divorce, maybe it's abuse
      Maybe it's the lawyers, maybe it's the prisons
      Maybe it's the Senators, maybe it's the system
      Maybe it's the fathers, maybe it's the sons
      Maybe it's the sisters, maybe it's the moms
      Maybe it's the radio, maybe it's road rage
      Maybe El Nino, or UV rays
      Maybe it's the army, maybe it's the liquor
      Maybe it's the papers, maybe the militia
      Maybe it's the athletes, maybe it's the ads
      Maybe it's the sports fans, maybe it's a fad
      Maybe it's the magazines, maybe it's the internet
      Maybe it's the lottery, maybe it's the immigrants
      Maybe it's taxes, big business
      Maybe it's the KKK and the skinheads
      Maybe it's the communists, maybe it's the Catholics
      Maybe it's the hippies, maybe it's the addicts
      Maybe it's the art, maybe it's the sex
      Maybe it's the homeless, maybe it's the banks
      Maybe it's the clearcut, maybe it's the ozone
      Maybe it's the chemicals, maybe it's the car phones
      Maybe it's the fertilizer, maybe it's the nose rings
      Maybe it's the end, but I know one thing.
      If it were up to me, I'd take away the guns.

      "If it were up to me, I'd take away the guns."--Cheryl Wheeler

      by lyvwyr101 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 06:32:11 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Another shooting--4 dead--3 injured- (0+ / 0-)

    "If it were up to me, I'd take away the guns."--Cheryl Wheeler

    by lyvwyr101 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:18:37 AM PST

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