“One out of five American children now suffers from mental illness.” — Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
“It’s easy to talk about gun control, but it’s time to talk about mental health” — Liza Long, mental health blogger and mother of troubled teen
This courageous young mother Liza Long and the insight her candid story provides is the only good thing that’s come out of this latest rampage shooting so far.
The vid’s a thought-provoking, eye-opening must-see in light of recent events and in it you will learn that one out of every five American children is now considered mentally ill if nothing else. This is the first I’ve heard of this personally and I’m feeling appropriately stunned.
Liza and Dr. Gupta also expose the dearth of desirable long-term treatment options available to parents of emotionally-troubled children, in an era of “designate and medicate”, and why so many of these individuals are slipping through the cracks of an antiquated system wholly inadequate to cope with either their numbers or the baffling complexity of their issues.
A wise old owl once told me: “You can pile all the guns you want clear up to the moon and not one of them will ever hurt anyone. Guns don’t kill people son, people do.”
Another one commented: “This country’s been buried hip deep in guns from the days of the earliest settlers. But we’ve never seen this type of behavior from people in this country up ’til now.”
Actually I cleaned up their grammar and added some flair. But that’s what they basically said. Needless to say I agree. The message I get out of this is:
We don’t have a gun problem, we have a people problem: Specifically, a mental health issue. Putting it bluntly: we need mental health reform, not gun reform. If a select few people are only now commiting atrocities with guns that have been around forever, then we need to be looking to those few people and not the guns for the solution.
The only gun problem we have is with the shadow government, whose ambition is to strip us of our national sovereignty, our national identity, our national unity, and our essential determination and ability to defend ourselves, our families, and our communities against the threat of both internal oppression and external aggression, that we might be absorbed and amalgamated into their “global village” with its contemporary Pax Romana and rule by an elite chosen few.