Once more, a crazy person shot up yet another school, this time in Oregon. I know, I’m supposed to call people like this “mentally ill,” but we have to get real here. First of all, he was apparently a right wingnut, and if we call him “mentally ill,” then we have to call pretty much all Republicans “mentally ill” these days, and something tells me they’d take offense. Just a guess.
Besides, as much as many liberals would love to get all touchy feely and blame the mental illness, mental illness is not the goddamn problem; it’s just not. How do I know this? I know this because I know and deal with mentally ill people at times, and most of them are incredibly sweet and confused and a few are suicidal, but none are homicidal. Isn’t it kind of insulting to claim that mental illness makes people into mass murderers? I mean, sure, it may be a component, but it can’t be the impetus for it.
No, once again, the issue is the fucking GUNS.
Yeah, I know, right wingers; the GUN didn’t pull the trigger and shoot those people. Still, it’s the guns. Just as I know mental illness doesn’t make someone plow through a crowd of people with a car, I know that, without a car, they couldn’t plow through anyone. And I know, if they had a knife, they might stab someone, but they can’t kill dozens from a distance with a knife, or a fork for that matter.
The problem is the guns, and our complete and utter lack of effort to keep them away from people who shouldn’t have one. After the Oregon shooter killed all those people, police came to find out he had THIRTEEN guns of various types, and that he purchased all of them LEGALLY. Why doesn’t that point to a problem for more people? It’s like the little asshole who shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado a few years back; he had dozens of guns, a number of high-capacity clips and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his little apartment, all of which he bought LEGALLY on the Internet. Once again, that doesn’t seem to register with enough people; why should anyone be able to LEGALLY purchase an arsenal of weapons and that much ammunition, without any red flags being raised whatsoever? Continue reading