Is This The Kind Of USA We Want?
To The Editor:
Video game, movie and other American “entertainment” violence must be toned down, but our failure to deal with two factors in our 30,000 annual handgun deaths stand out – gun control and mental health.
Everybody knows that no one needs automatic weapons or 100- round magazines for sport or selfdefense, that the NRA is nothing more than the lobbying arm of the profit-driven Gun Manufacturers Association, and that our government has no desire to “take away your guns!”
Yet the NRA’s primary answer to “protecting our children” is simply to “have an armed guard in every school.”
If we agree, then they must also stand guard in every theatre, daycare center, restaurant, mall, retirement home, church, bar, supermarket, hospital, motel and anywhere else where “innocents” gather, thus creating a contradictory nation that is on one hand a police state; on the other a place where any nutcase can possess enough firepower to take out as many fellow citizens as luck might allow!
Meanwhile, in this “greatest nation in the world” ... and wealthiest, the hate-filled, shortsighted right-wingers who’ve taken over today’s Republican Party insist that America is finished, done, kaput. None of us, not even billionaires, can any longer afford anything for the good of the nation, ever, period.
As a result, funding for mental health programs has been cut to the bone in recent years, leaving the mentally ill free to roam undetected, untreated and, in some cases, in office as Republican “representatives” of the people!
And so, as we begin a new year, we must ask ourselves, is this the kind of country we want?
Or as one well-known blogger recently intoned, “Maybe I’m crazy, but I think the right to own a gun is trumped by the right not to be shot by one.”