Some of you may think I’m jumping to conclusions, but really, do we need an “arms race” in our schools?
The recent suggestion from the NRA to have armed guards in our schools as an answer to increasing gun violence is beyond ridiculous. “Fight fire with fire” seems to be their mantra. Well, I have a better one. “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind,” – Gandhi.
It makes about as much sense as the law in Arizona that allows people to carry firearms in bars! Great, “let’s get all liquored up” and and start playing with guns! Ugh! Am I the only one that doesn’t understand this mentality? Don’t get me wrong, I totally support the second amendment, except when it comes to ballistic missiles, 30 round magazines, and other weapons of mass destruction. I understand wanting to protect yourself, but really? What has happened to common sense? What about fences and security gates like most of the high schools have?
Devastating shootings like the one that occurred in Newtown last month or the one that occurred here on January 8th two years ago need to stop. There has to be an answer other than putting more guns out there. As a mental health advocate, I want more education in schools, community groups, businesses, and organizations about the realities of mental illness. Everyone aggrees that a person who literally mowes down innocents with a high capacity gun needs to have his “head examined.”
Let the conversation start here……One in four families are effected by mental illness. Treatment success rates for depression go as high as 90%. One in eight teens experience depression, yet only 20% of them seek treatment. Even treatment success rates for schizophrenia are very high! Should people with a mental illness diagnosis be restricted from gun use? Not necessarily, but let’s talk about it!
These are the topics of discussion we should be having. Answers may not come as quickly as the “solution” from the NRA, but increasing arms in our schools is preposterous. The last thing our babies need is an increase in violence and an “eye for an eye” mentality.