I don’t know where you stand on gun control, and frankly, I don’t even care anymore. Yes, I’m pro-gun… My husband used to be a gun dealer and we have dozens of them (locked safely away — for those of you worried–in a couple of safes that I couldn’t open if you had a gun to my head). What kind of gun or whether it’s used for shooting clays or shooting game isn’t even a problem for me and I know I probably have more than a few animal rights followers and anti-gun parents in my readership and I truly apologize of what I am about to say offends you and I hope we can still be friends.
But this must be said:
Why is the CDC wanting to investigate guns as a public health crisis when every mass murder/shooting has had one of two factors involved:
Or medical anti-depressants.
Ask any veteran who’s been deployed to our enemy territories in the last 15 years. Yes, there are Muslims who are kind and will give you the shirt off their back. Marcus Luttrell in “Lone Survivor” was on the run from the Taliban when a local family took him in and risked their lives for his. But there can be no doubt that there are literally millions of radicalized Muslims who shout for joy when they hear of American tragedies and eagerly plot and pray for the destruction of western freedoms.
These factions have cells in our country and as completely unbelievable as it is for me to think that they walk among us and live ordinary lives, just like the San Bernadino killers, it’s for real. Islam and the mosques preaching hate and Sharia Law are more of a public health crisis than an inanimate weapon.
And the drugs.
When we have a commercial advertisement on television that spends more time in a whispered rush warning you of potential dangerous and suicidal side effects than it does touting its possible benefits– we must beware. I’m not at all hating on anyone using anti-depressant or medicines of the like if a doctor prescribes them because you need them…but I’ve had very dear friends– on more than one occasion– use these medicines only to suffer worse from the side effects of these drugs than from their sleeplessness, depression, or anxiety. These drugs can definitely make the patient do and say things that are completely out of character. And in one of the most personal tragedies I’ve ever experienced, a local multiple murder that took several family members of a dear friend, the drugs that the killer was on for years completely factored into his behavior.
I know. Who NEEDS a gun that can fire so many bullets so rapidly? Who NEEDS so many guns? We’ll be safer if we remove these weapons or at least make it harder to get them. I hear you. I may not agree with you, but I hear you.
But we will truly be safer when we call out the real enemy behind the inanimate objects and confront what is driving these people to kill.
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When we can have a dialogue that doesn’t politicize the guns but looks at what causes people to use them, when we can can look at the cold hard facts about the effects of hateful Theo-political agendas and the drugs that are SUPPOSED to be helping mental illness yet Sandy Hook still happens…then we can begin to make real progress on preventing these horrific tragedies like Orlando and Sandy Hook.