There are many reasons why one person kills another: jealousy, anger, accident, other. We understand these motivations without condoning the actions and we know, in most cases, it’s done with a gun. But we don’t understand mass killings, as in Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Newtown, others more distant less massive – 61 altogether in the last 30 years, here in the US. These deaths are also the result of someone slinging a gun and in many of them, children are killed.
Guns. Guns are responsible many say. Others say no, guns don’t kill, people do. In this country, and elsewhere, this argument heated up with each of the 61 above. Polls are taken, lobbyists persuade, a few laws are written and none have the desired effect—that is, to put an end to this slaughter, this 61.
I look at the threads, the commonality among shootings, and I find they are all executed by males, mostly white. They all include guns, mostly automatics of some sort. And most, if not all, are committed by people with severely unbalanced minds—too much or not enough of something..
We are unable to eliminate guns. Owning is like a religion, a belief, a right—and that’s a fact. Let’s give up. We cannot eliminate men, white or another color, so let’s not dwell there. We can, however, and we must address mental health. We must see to its presence, with adequate influence and force in our general health care: in our programs for returning vets, for our homeless, our students, ourselves and on. We need a war on misbehaving neurons, the roadways they take, and the abhorrent calamity they produce.
Foremost, but along with this, we need to recognize we are a community, and because of it, we benefit greatly in our lives. We share, and because of it, we prosper—at all levels: family, neighborhood, town, and the rest, and because we willingly do share and prosper, we assume the obligation—the obligation of warning, the obligation of help, and the obligation of care. This obligation transcends all others because without community we cease, as we are unable to live alone.
It is incumbent on us to report—on accidents we see, robberies taking place, kids being grabbed—all wrong and harm we see going on. Each of us owes our community the warning, the help, and the care we can afford. We need to report strange behavior, threatening talk, unusual action like collecting fertilizer in large quantities, and guns among unbalanced people.
One salient thing strikes me: in all, or damn near all, of these situations, someone knows. Those people close: parents, doctors, therapists, friends, the next-door somebodies, know that a person is potentially dangerous and that he’s coming out with a weapon and it’s likely a gun. We see and we know and after the fact it comes out.
I want permission from my community to run up the flag, to carry out my obligation to warn. I want an agency to call that deals with off-balance people without hurting them or injuring myself through small-talk and innuendo or lawyers piling in. I want professional observation, when needed, to be followed by action. We are a community, we have no other choice, I want us to behave like one. I want the lives of children and all human beings to extend to their end in their natural order.
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