I had already posted/reblogged several articles on this topic before reading this article of Andrew’s. I even felt compelled to add my own comment to his very sensible post. I copy it here for reference:
I agree with Andrew’s concepts.
The relatively easy access to guns is only part of the problem. The root cause of this type of shooting, if we can eliminate the possibility of staging executed by the various authorities interested in influencing gun control legislation, is personal psychological issues.
This in turn leads us to causes and treatments, both of which are the responsibility of the government, which it clearly fails to deal with. Instead of dealing with stresses and their sources, it contributes to them.
To top this off, it facilitates and even participates in, and encourages the use of, personality-damaging medications.
Just as we do not legislate against cars because some are used dangerously and cause deaths, similarly swimming pools continuing to be occasionally lethal, neither should we knee-jerk react to gun violence, let commonsense prevail.
It would make more sense to rail against the senseless mass killing by the US overseas.
Finally, I am deeply sorry for the victims of this tragedy. The incident should not have occurred, but it did. The reasons why are important to investigate and the prevention of future occurrences equally important.
But narrow-mindedly and emotionally going down the wrong path is not an intelligent response.
Now has become the time to add his post here. Why? Because already Obama and other authorities are, not reacting in a knee jerk fashion, but enacting what is now an obvious ploy to attack civilians rights to possess weapons. To me this is as clear as a cloudless sky.
Written by Andrew Puhanic, December 16th, 2012, Globalist Report:
The abundance of Guns and Firearms in the United States of America did not cause the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The root cause of the massacre is derived from a variety of social issues ranging from the growing culture of violence in America, lack of funding for mental health care facilities and services and the current dire economic climate.
Just because guns are readily accessible, doesn’t mean that guns themselves are the root cause of such tragic events.
The mentally unwell person responsible for this horrible event (Adam Lanza) had been planning it for many weeks. If firearms were not sold freely in the market, the underworld would have been his next avenue for acquiring a firearm.
Countries that have similar gun control policies to the United States include Switzerland and Israel. The question that needs to be asked is, why do these countries not experience the same frequency of massacres and gun violence as compared to the United States of America?
Recently, I published an article that highlighted how the lack of adequate funding for mental health care services is usually the root cause of mass shootings. The article revealed that:
- In 2011, the world health organisation publicized that average global spending on mental health was less than US$3 per person per year.
- In the United States alone between 2009 and 2011, most states cut $1.8 billion from their budgets for mental health services.
- 5.6 million to 8 million Americans age 65 and older have a mental health condition or substance abuse disorder.
Therefore, just because something is abundant, doesn’t mean it’s always the cause of the problem.
In Germany and Australia, alcohol is abundant, yet both countries face different alcohol related problems.
In Germany, average alcohol consumption is around 12.8 litres per person. In Australia, average alcohol consumption is around 10.0 litres per person. However, 6.17% of Australian males suffer from alcohol use disorders. In Germany, only 4.51% of males suffer from alcohol use disorders.
Why is there such a difference between Australians suffering from alcohol use disorders as compared to adults in Germany?
Well, in short, Australians don’t respect alcohol in the same way as Germans respect alcohol. Yet, Germany and Australia have similar alcohol governance policies.
The point I’m trying to make here is that the only way to prevent massacre like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School is for society to first identify what are the root causes behind them.
- Why do people insist on resorting to violence to deal with their personal problems?
- Why are people who are suffering with such serious mental health issues not identified for treatment before their condition results in what we witnessed at Sandy Hook Elementary School?
- Why are our youth suffering with mental illness in epidemic proportions?
I’ve repeatedly argued that a serious lack of funding for mental health programs and institutions should be regarded as the number one cause of mass shootings. Other valid arguments like the culture of violence that is sweeping the western world could also be considered a cause of mass shootings.
Remember, someone has to have a reason to fire a gun. Let’s workout what that reason is to prevent another horrible tragedy ever occurring.
So a certain amount of duplication of information, ideas and opinions occurs, but this situation is so very important for several reasons, all of them having global implications and applying to the well-being of all citizens.
Read the source article here.
[ OMG! Thousands of people globally are being murdered by guns, bombs and drones, let’s ban them ALL. Now THAT would be a realistic outcome!]
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