Letter: Mental health part of the problems
We as a nation are wounded and in mourning for the tragedy in Connecticut. Innocence should not suffer for our government’s political ineptness.
The true problem we face in these scenarios has little to do with guns — it has to do with mental health. Our government has elimnated support for mental health, community mental health centers, mental hospitals, group homes and so on. This started in the early 1980s and we are seeing the results today!
How many patients are actually able to receive psychiatric help, how many are followed up by qualified social workers and psychiatric staff to ensure medications are being taken properly? The majority of our homeless are not those helpless, destitute souls, but souls needing professional mental help to cope with our society. When we empty out the mental hospitals and group homes, close the community mental health centers, take away federal and state funding from mental health and fail to treat mental health as a health issue, we are asking for more tragedy. If not with guns, then bombs, knives, torture — the list is endless of ways evil can present itself.
Please contact your government officials and beg for support for mental health.
Personally I am not in favor of automatic or semi-automatic weapons for use by the general public because these weapons are not for protection, not for hunting and not for sport. They are for killing. Americans have the right to bear arms without draconian regulations, but let’s use what God put between our ears.
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