Twenty innocent children as young as five years old were gunned down at their school yesterday. The President couldn't contain his tears when he tried to talk about it. It seems that tragic events like this have been occurring more frequently in recent years. In Aurora Colorado a crazy MF'er shot up a theater. In that incident James Eagan Holmes killed 12 and wounded 58 others. In 2011 in Arizona a crazy MF'er (Jared Lee Loughner) shot U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen other people were shot at a supermarket. Last August a crazy redneck, Wade Michael Page, a white supremacist, killed six people and wounded four others Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. On December 12, 2012 Jacob Roberts was named as the gunman in the shooting spree at a Portland, Oregon mall. He killed two and wounded a third person. On April 16, 2007, the Virginia Tech massacre was a school massacre on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others. These incidents are not limited to the US. Behring Breivik is a 32-year-old Norwegian right-wing extremist in Norway who killed 77 innocent people and wounded 66.
The Left-wingers are demanding more gun control. They blame these incidents on the availability of guns in the United States. Remember Columbine? Those two crazy MF'ers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered a total of 12 students and one teacher. They also injured 21 other students. They were guilty of 22 violations of gun control laws. Could it have been prevented by passing a few addition gun control laws? Crazy people, like criminals are not restrained by gun control laws. Even if all gun sales were outlawed today; there are so many guns already on the streets that they would continue to be easily available. And if people were asked to turn their guns in, only law abiding people would comply. Criminals and crazy people (like White Supremacists) would hide their guns. Law abiding people would be unarmed and at the mercy of armed criminals. Is this really wise? A couple of months before the theater shooting there was another shooting at an Aurora church. There was only one victim, thanks to the quick thinking and action of a responsibly armed individual. Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania asked rhetorically: “Who knows what would’ve happened if the church member, an off-duty police officer, had not been there? It certainly could have been a lot worse.” I support sensible gun control laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and crazies. But disarming all Americans is impossible, unconstitutional and unwise.
Evangelicals blame the Connecticut shooting on separation of church and state. I wonder if Fred Phelps blames these incidents on homosexuality? Some right wing pundits said teachers should be armed so they can protect the children. There have been many accidental shooting involving children who find and accidentally discharge firearms. Guns in schools may not be wise. Mike Fuckabee, a White wing spokesman on Fox, claims that the liberals expelled God from the public schools so He wasn't there to protect the children. Really? How about the Amish school where children were killed. In 2006 a shooting occurred at the West Nickel Mines School, an Amish one-room schoolhouse in the Old Order Amish community of Nickel Mines in Pennsylvania. Gunman Charles Carl Roberts IV took hostages and shot ten girls (aged 6–13), killing five. That was a good Christian school. Why didn't God protect those little girls? Do you really think if we made school children pray they would be safe? Crazy people have shot up Churches too. Eighteen church shooting occurred between 1999 and 2010* and there have been more since. Why didn't God stop them?
So some on the left and some on the right want to use this tragic incident to promote their political agendas. But forget the partisan politics. These tragedies will continue if even we pass more gun control laws and put prayer in schools. So what can we do that might actually help reduce the frequency of these insane brutal attacks on innocent people?
Let's look at the common thread that ties all of these incidents together. The one thing all of these cases have in common is that they all involved the brutal acts of CRAZY MF'ers. Guns aren't responsible. Separation of church and state isn't responsible. Mental illness IS responsible. The United States needs to focus on treating mental illness. I know what you're thinking. That nut in Aurora was receiving help. The nut in Arizona received help. The nut at Virginia had also received help. These people were identified as being mentally ill but they still committed atrocities. Yes, because our system of dealing with mental illness is broken. Those people didn't receive the kind of comprehensive help that they desperately needed. I doubt if we will ever be able to completely stop mentally ill people from harming others. But if we don't address this situation it will only get worse. Politicans have been cutting budgets in recent years. Funding aimed at treating people with mental health has dwindled at the state and federal levels. We need to be careful and not cut the budgets of programs that provide the drugs and counselling that mental patients desperately need. And we need to commit dangerous people to institutions to protect the public and give them the attention they require. In fact, we should increase the funding for these valuable programs. It's more of a public safety issue than a fiscal issue. Maybe we can stop financing a war in Afghanistan where Hamid Karzai says we're the problem and use some of the money we save to help treat mental illness. It's time to stop the craziness.
note: I usually write stupid satirical stuff. But there's nothing funny about children being slaughtered. Maybe I'll publish something funny tomorrow.
James Eagan Holmes http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9510809/Batman-shooting-James-Holmes-tried-to-call-psychiatrist-nine-minutes-before-attack.html
Jared Lee Loughner http://kwgn.com/2012/08/07/loughner-pleads-guilty-in-arizona-mass-shooting-will-not-face-death-penalty/
Wade Michael Page http://www.democracynow.org/2012/8/9/academic_who_knew_sikh_shooter_wade
Jacob Roberts http://www.kyle28.com/i-have-lived-one-crazy-life-so-far-oregon-mall-gunman-says-facebook
Seung-Hui Cho http://freedomfighterusa.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/new-super-hero-worship/
Behring Breivik http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/aug/24/anders-behring-breivik-sentenced-21-years-video
Dylan Klebold http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/k/dylan_klebold/index.html
Eric Harris http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/h/eric_harris/index.html
Charles Carl Roberts IV http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,218459,00.html
Adam Lanza http://www.smh.com.au/world/intelligent-and-uncomfortable-loner-left-few-footprints-in-life-20121215-2bgkc.html