Whenever tragedies occur such as the one that happened on Friday, people want to blame the weapons used, not the person. What’s that phrase? Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. And it is true. But for some reason, the population sees a shooting as something that happened because of ‘easy access’ to weapons. This is simply not true.
I read a story not too long ago about a woman who was home alone with her infant. Two men were trying to break into her home and she called 911. While she was on the phone, she asked if she was within her rights to shoot the intruders if they got in. They did and she did. Good for her!! She was on the phone trying to get help, but the fact of the matter is that had she waited for help to arrive, numerous terrible things could have happened. She defended her life and her child’s life because she was fortunate enough to have access to a gun.
In addition to there being situations where a person should have access to a gun, the fact of the matter is that gun control is not the issue. The issue is mental health. Do you know how scary it is to have terrible thoughts running through your head, knowing that it is wrong but not knowing how to make the thoughts stop? I do. Fortunately for me, I have parents who took the time to get me the help that I needed. I never was at the point where I wanted to kill everyone around me, but there was a while when I wanted to kill myself. I haven’t always appreciated it, but I am a very lucky person. I have parents who love me no matter what and who recognized that I needed help beyond what they were able to give me. Did they lock me up? No. Did they lobotomize me? No. They took me to therapy. It may have taken a few years, but I am now at a point in my life where I don’t need to see a therapist on a regular basis. I’ve dealt with my issues and am happier for it.
Mental health problems are different from person to person. I know that there are some people who would need far more help to get to where I am. There are some people who are too ill to be functioning members of society. I understand this. What I don’t understand is why getting help is so expensive. Originally it cost me $30 a visit. Then it went up to $40. Then $50. Now it costs $60 a visit. It adds up really fast. (And this is with insurance.)
There are articles popping up all over the internet crying for Obama to do something about gun control. What Obama needs to do is make health care affordable, especially for the mentally ill. That is where the problem lies and that is where our country needs to focus. Leave the guns and responsible gun owners alone.