Why the Gun Control Debate Only Distracts Us From Identifying the Root Cause of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre

Giving a warm welcome, Command Sgt. Maj. Dougl...

Giving a warm welcome, Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Greene, center, from Harker Hieghts, Texas, the command sergeant major of 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, meets actor Joe Pantoliano, right, Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 5, 2009. Joe was visiting Soldiers during his “Stomp the Stigma” tour to speak with Soldiers about mental illness and how to cope with it. See more at http://www.army.mil/. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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!]

About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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2 Responses to Why the Gun Control Debate Only Distracts Us From Identifying the Root Cause of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre

  1. hirundine608 says:

    The tragedy of these shootings is abhorrent. Poor kids and the unsuspecting adults deaths deplorable. Living next door to the U.S. of A. I find myself constantly calling the large majority, “crazy”. Though to be fair? They get plenty of encouragement, at all levels. Even the response. to what happened at Sandy Hook. Like all of the senseless killing, seems way over the top.

    Why do they not have mounds of flowers and stuffed toys, for the kids killed in Iraq? The kids killed in Afghanistan. The children killed in Palestine? Pakistan, Viet Nam, Japan, Indonesia, West Timor. On and on. Not to even mention the other countries de-stabilized, through starvation, deprivation and outright armed intervention. With further toppling of legitimate governments. No flowers for them. No names written on NFL players shoes. No presidential concern.

    Consider the second amendment? http://www.loc.gov/law/help/second-amendment.php The attempt by U.K or Great Britain to stifle the citizenry by force and taxation, in 1775. Gave rise to the notion, in 1791 or so. To allow for and be part of their idea, that it was anti-fascist. After all, a society where only police and military are armed; is very dangerous indeed. Using those arms, is very different situation also.

    The U.S. of A. seems to be a society and culture that leaps for a gun at every problem. Especially a government. A government where the banks and military, run the game. The television shows and films that pass for entertainment. Are nearly always centred on guns and shooting. Got a problem with alien society, such as in that well known “Star Trek”. Shoot them. A society here on earth, that has a different approach? Aboriginal peoples, shoot them. On it goes. A seemingly satanic approach, from a supposedly christian country. Does not bode well.

    The one thing that has an intriguing possibility. [If you could call it that?] Was that both the Sandy Hook perpetrator and the shooter at the “Batman movie”. Their fathers were both supposed to give evidence in the LIBOR scandal and trial, in U.S.A. After this?http://tipggita32.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/video-2-mass-shootings-connected-to-libor-scandal/
    Just possibly, the connection too; that both young men were on the autistic spectrum and on heavy psychotropic meds. May be relevant? The person in the video link, seems to think so.

    My last question, would be? What did the mother of this boy, Lanza. What did she need with a semi-automatic, 2 handguns and countless rounds of ammo? Did she expect WW3?

    I know a number of americans are justly concerned and not armed to the teeth. But, the society they live in is crazy and is infecting the rest of the world.

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