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.