“The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.” ― Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order
"If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged " --- Noam Chomsky
I live in a rural area of Kansas. There is at least one firearm per person in our County. We have not had a gun related homicide since the Civil War. Here, kids grow up with guns and are taught the responsibility of owning a gun from an early age.
Most gun related deaths in the US occur in large cities. Most are committed by people who did not grow up with guns and have never learned that part of the responsibility of owning a firearm includes not shooting other people.
Where I live, the response time for law enforcement is ~½ hour. We are expected to be able to fend for ourselves until law enforcement arrives on the scene. This means we need firearms for self protection. That said, we also haven't had any "self defense" or "stand your ground" shootings in our County either.
Gun ownership restriction laws will not be supported nor pass in our area. We own and responsibly handle our firearms. Just because people living in large cities cannot do so is no reason for a law to control them should effect us. We are not the ones having problems. Maybe, if the root causes of these kinds of problems were addressed in the areas where the most gun related deaths occur, they wouldn't be happening.
"If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President was impeached for lying about a sexual affair by a House of Representatives led by a man who was also then hiding a sexual affair, who was supposed to be replaced by another Congressman who stepped down when forced to reveal that he too was having a sexual affair, which led to the election of a new Speaker of the House who now has been indicted for lying about payments covering up his sexual contact with a boy." ~Orin Kerr
The idea of imprisoning them instead of treating them simplified the problem of getting monies to treat them. Government knew people would pay to fight "crime" and to build prisons. I believe the idea was to get the mentally ill off the streets and to treat them in prison. We all know how well that worked in the long run.
Now they are just dumped onto the streets and left to fend for themselves and so is society, at times, against their illnesses. To explain further...
One example is from the early '90s in San Diego. We lived there at the time. A "man with mental health issues" stabbed a tourist to death because the tourist dared to "sit on his bench on a downtown street". The police and some aid workers knew he claimed that as "his" bench, even though it was on a busy street in the heart of San Diego. Since he was usually only there at night, no one thought there was a "problem". They were very wrong and there was a LOT of nasty press with the result being a major drive to "get the homeless out of downtown". Well, the result of that was that they simply moved to the 'burbs and the businesses, police, and citizens living there had no training or even prior contact with these kinds of peoples or how to interact with them. The result was ugly.
The biggest issue is that now that we recognize that police need training to cope with this, where does the money come from for this training? What about the officers who "didn't sign up for this"? What about a society who thinks this is a family/government issue, not theirs? Of course, there are easy, flippant answers to these questions as long as they apply to someone else, but there is some very, very hard work ahead if we are to change our society and culture to honestly help people with mental health issues.
First and foremost is education about what "mental health" is and how it applies to everyone, not just those having uncontrolled, public problems. With the mess our education system is in, and the fight against teaching anything "sciency" to children, and the unwillingness of the general public to spend the time to learn or listen, let alone understand, it is not something I see being resolved.
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