I am sure we all know by now that two days ago there was another mass shooting, this time at a church in a small town in Texas where multiple adults and children were killed by a single gunman. I hate to see such horrific acts of violence especially when children are involved and now once again I have all sorts of things running through my mind about all the violence that is occurring in this country daily. Specifically, I have been thinking about how after all the mass shootings that have occurred in the last few years everyone starts talking about gun laws and mental illness. Some say that right after such a horrible crime has been committed is not the right time to discuss gun laws, because so many families are grieving and its disrespectful, some believe that the shooters in these incidences have some sort of mental illness.
My question is when is it time to discuss these subjects? I honestly do not know what the gun laws are in the state where I live or what federal gun laws are, I guess I have never bothered to research that because I don’t think that I will ever want to purchase a gun. It seems to me that guns are far too easy to obtain, and I think that needs to change. I realize that guns are not always used for evil, but too often they are used for extremely evil acts of violence and I feel that if that can be prevented by changing some of the gun laws then why not change them. I really don’t understand what the issue is with our elected government officials who make the laws. I am also very aware of the fact that even if the gun laws are changed to make it much harder to purchase them people will still be able to obtain them illegally. I guess that gun control is a very difficult thing to even discuss because people have so many differing opinions about the subject, but something has got to change because there is entirely too much gun violence happening every day.
Mental illness is something that seems to be rarely discussed publicly, it seems to me that in some cultures and communities within this country mental health is a taboo subject, it is something that is kept secret amongst family members and maybe close friends. People suffer in silence with depression and other mental health issues because they are afraid of what others will say or because in certain cultures seeing a psychiatrist is heavily criticized. I am sure that many people will take issue with me for saying so but in some cases when awful violence such as the recent mass shootings occurs I honestly question whether the shooters really have some sort of mental illness or not. It seems like some of these people have built up anger and rage because of certain things that have happened in their lives and they lose all regard for their lives and the lives of others, it’s like they are seeking revenge for something. I mean I am no doctor and I have only read a small amount of information on mental illnesses so that’s just my opinion and something that I think about after these acts of violence have happened. I just cannot make any sense out of someone purchasing multiple guns and planning to murder people. What happens in a person’s mind that tells them that they need to kill? Its baffling to me.
I am always saying that I wish that I could be the change that I would like to see in this world, but I can’t figure out how to fix this one and it bothers me so badly that we seem to have become accustomed to the horrific violence that happens in not only this country but in the world. What I do know is that right now today is the right time to have intensive discussions about making some changes so that horrifically sad acts of violence like what occurred in Sutherland Springs, Texas two days ago can possibly be prevented or will no longer happen at all.💜