First off, This is my rant, my opinion. There was a story last night because I had scheduled one. There may not be one tonight. I knew I needed to talk, and figured that maybe some of the rest of you did too. The events of the last day have left many of us shattered. Like so many of you, I am numb. Tearful. Sad. Angry. Frustrated. This shooting comes far to close. I live in Colorado. It’s as much about mental illness as it is about gun control. While children died in Connecticut yesterday, children in China were being attacked by a knife welding man.

Aisha posted on her blog.   Many of us put our feelings into words.  Yes, there need to be better laws. There needs to be better care of our fellow man. When was the last time any of us heard that someone killed X amount of people because he was happy? Well adjusted? In a good frame of mind? We don’t. So many of these people are unbalanced, mentally ill, depressed or deranged, and no one has done anything, because it might be ‘embarrassing’ to mention that the person might be (shuuush) Mentally Ill. They even get out of paying for their crimes because they are ‘ill’.

The U.S. has not only the ‘every day, run of the mill’ mentally ill to deal with, but the thousands of military members that are now home with their own ghosts. Unless we as a nation begin to come to terms with people who have PTSD and other mental issues and stop hiding our heads in the sand, this is only going to get worse. I was a military dependent for a long time, and know how little they deprogram, aid, assist our military members.

We can’t lock up all the guns. We couldn’t find all the guns if we tried. Connecticut has some of the tightest gun control laws in the US, and it still happened. No, we need to take care of people. Help them before they go off the deep end. Quit hiding or looking the other way when things go wrong. As Mr. Rogers said, it’s time to look for the caring people. It’s time to be the caring people.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll feel like writing.

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  1. Thank you for writing this and thank you for correctly assessing the reason behind this tragedy. It’s funny, I had a niece that committed suicide last week-it was her second attempt in the last month. My brother and sister-in-law were trying to get her help, but for some reason they didn’t succeed. Having had a daughter who went through a similar issue with suicidal ideation, I am very sympathetic to their plight.

    I wholeheartedly agree, we need to de-stigmatize mental illness in this country. No one should be ashamed to say that they are having mental or emotional problems. That only leads to secrecy, shame, avoidance of needed treatment and (possibly) more tragedies like we have seen recently.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out Word Wytch.

    You are right – it is partly about mental illness not treated properly, which is often about insurance. But beyond that, i think, is a the idea in our country that violence is a solution. Whether it’s the stand your ground law in Fl or the NRA suggesting that the happened BECAUSE of gun control laws that meant adults at the school weren’t armed, we are a violent society. (Because a big shoot-out at Sandy Hook Elementary would have been fine.)

    But yes. Destigmatizing mental illness would be great.



    1. Thanks aisha. It is about not talking about the Elephants in the room. Mental illness is almost as hush-hush as it was in Victorian England. We can’t keep ignoring it. It’s already biting us in the ass. We’ve hit the definition of insane… (doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.) It’s time for a change.

  3. I agree that we need to help all people who have problems no matter what they are, but you look at the way people act on the highway today, no one can spare a damn second of their life on the road, they have to go and go now. I really crave the times when I was a kid. Can’t remember the last time I saw a child riding a bike with a baseball bat accross the handlebars, knowing he was going to have a good time with his friends. It is sure a sad world we live in. You know the Myians might be off a little on the date of the end of the world, but it sure is going to hell. Tip

  4. Been cruising and found this I wrote two poems many years ago about men traumatised by war one was a family friend who was involved in a gas attack in WW1 when the wind turned and blew it back on them. The second was a man who was dropped as a Para at Arnhem and spent years as a POW.

    The army just put these men home and left innocent women to suffer the consequences.

    A great piece of writing

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