I’ve posted earlier a three point set of hard rules for all gun purchases. To recap:
1) Liability insurance. I note this is getting some play in the media now.
2) Psychological evaluation before gun purchase.
3) Proof of the purchase of an appropriate gun safe.
I’d like to elaborate on the 2nd point I made.
The more I read about the tragedies that have befallen Newtown, CT and other regions of the country I don’t think we need to ban any guns per se. And I think it’s a moot point anyhow. Almost all of us have an inkjet or laser printer in the house now. Well, some hackers are putting together 3D printers. Instead of the flat x-y prints we get, there will be instead x-y-z. And the types of plastics and even now metals are able to be deposited a line at a time until the 3D render is built up. So tell me, how do you ban something that can be printed in the comfort of your own home?
Anyhow, back to the elaboration on point number 2.
Almost every school in the U.S. now has a school psychologist on staff. And teachers are also trained to spot troubling behavior. So the schools know EXACTLY what kids are most at risk to become potential mass murderers. Isn’t that interesting.
The problem is, while the kids are in the school systems they can and do move to get treatment for the kids, be it behavioral therapy or chemical therapy.
But get this, once that kid leaves school? They’re on their own for mental health care.
Now you have to understand it wasn’t always like this. If you’re as fossilized as I am you recall that Ronald Wilson Reagan, yes he was a President in the 1980’s. He and the Republicans of the day managed to undo all the progress made in caring for the mentally ill, and pushed all those sick people out into the community, into group homes, etc. I know, we have one down the street from me. The police and fire trucks are there CONSTANTLY.
But there just isn’t enough to care for all the mentally ill out there. In fact I’d bet if you evaluated our prison populations you’d probably find that a good percentage have some issues that were known prior to incarceration, when they were in schools the teachers knew, so did the shrinks. But once they were out of that school system, all bets were off.
It’s time we start investing in mental health again. Some may be productive members of society with behavioral regimens, and/or drug regimens. Some will need to b institutionalized because the success rate isn’t yet 100% using the behavior modification and drug regimens.
We have to understand that humans, you and me, we’re a genetic crap shoot. And every once in a while random mutation throws a curve ball.
Medicine is catching up – with MRI and fMRI scans we’re identifying what can go wrong with the human brain and why it happens. And they’re always developing new treatments. But we’ll still need the institutions, and we still need to take care of ALL of us.
So let me know, does this make more sense than the hysteria over the assault weapon ban?