Guns Don’t Kill People. People Kill People

This is my opinion on an issue that has no clear solutions other than the way we treat mental health patients. 

The article’s title is an old cliché that has been around for a long time, but it is still so true.

As some die-hard liberals would like you to believe, let’s do away or regulate guns more so we can “stop the killing.” Now, some of these liberals are probably sincere in their way of thinking. But for most of them, they just want more regulations, so the government can control more areas of our lives. If a true liberal could have their way, they would control every aspect of what we do, even to what we do in our own homes.

As a retired 34-year veteran of law enforcement in the USA I do have a little more insight into mental health issues than some have. I am no expert by any means, but like many Americans, you don’t have to be an expert in anything to know something is not working.

On January 14, 2018 (Valentine’s Day) a school shooter shot and killed at least 17 people and injured many others. Within a day the liberals were posting on Facebook many, many Occupy Democrats gifs and post. (look at the one below) In all honesty, the organization cannot truthfully tell us if these statistics would have been any different if their party was leading the country. The majority of  the post are against #1 The Republican Party and #2 Freedom to bear arms. The Occupy Democrats is an organization that promotes liberal thinking. Leave it to the Democrats to make politics out of a tragedy that was caused by nothing more than our treatment of mental illness in the United States.

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It is not a Democrat or Republican fault, it is a mental health issue which is at fault and this crosses all political lines.

More gun control will not stop killings in the United States and it will not stop mass killings. Every day in news articles we can read about people who are killed by other people. Driving cars and trucks through crowds, stabbing with knives, pushing people off of cliffs, vehicle bombs, torturing and starving people, and the list goes on and on.

During the 50’s and 60’s the federal government started to deinstitutionalize mental health treatment. From what I have been told and have read, being put into a mental hospital during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s was not a good thing because of the way people were treated for their illness.

Eventually drugs were invented to help treat mental illnesses and the USA started closing down mental health treatment facilities. As an example, Dorothea Dix Mental Health Hospital moved its last patient to Butner and closed its doors in August of 2012.

So how long does it take for a mental health patient to get mental health in hospital treatment? Well, I have seen mental health patients in North Carolina held in emergency rooms for days and in a regular hospital bed (not mental health facility) for weeks. Insurance controls all of this. If a patient reaches a certain number of days, the insurance companies want them to be released. It doesn’t matter if they are ready, it is a money thing and probably because of a waiting list of other patients that need treatment.

I know about the time limit because I have had family members that have mental health issues in the past and they were released at the end of 30 days even though everyone knew they were not ready to be released. The answer given from the medical society was “Your insurance will not pay for anymore treatment beyond the 30 days.”

I believe in the 60’s or 70’s is when the USA decided to treat mental health as an outpatient issue. It took several years for the issue to come to light as a national problem. Now, let me stop here and say this. There has been a lot of people that have benefited from this outpatient treatment and continue to work within society in a “normal” way. My hat is off to them because they live day to day with a complicated issue.

You cannot rubber stamp treatment for mental health issues. What will work for one individual will not work the same way for another individual with the same illness. In fact, it could make the mental illness worst.

Last but not the least. There is a lot of good articles about mental illness treatment located on the internet. Please read the ones that are from trusted websites or publications. Do not believe what you read from political pushing agenda organizations. They are just pushing politics and nothing else.

Leave the gun legislation alone and spend money on inpatient treatment without limitations on insurance money and length of stays. I believe we need to institutionalize mental health treatment with the current workable drugs available. However with this being said we should never go back to the days of barbaric treatment of mental health patients.

It is time for the government (all parties) to say the way we are treating mental health issues is not working. It is time to change the way we treat these patients.

Where is the love of God in a mass shooting?

Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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In reading the accounts of the mass shooting in Las Vegas you may wonder, where does the love of God go during a mass shooting?

The accounts were graphic and told a story of death from above. The shooter picked his targets at random in a crowded concert venue. The automatic weapon he was using sprayed death like we would spray water from a hose in our garden. By the end of the shooters reign of terror, almost 60 people had died, over 500 people were injured. The majority of the deaths and injuries were from the bullets sprayed by the gunman. He didn’t have to be accurate, he just had to keep firing.

While the shooting was going on people were trying to escape the bullets. Some were trying to hide from the bullets. Some were saying their final prayers while others were asking for God for safety. All were brought together in a mass of confusion and unity that few of us will ever know.

Blood would pour freely this night and the smell of the blood would be in the nostrils of all.

Screams, people shouting for help and whimpering’s would be heard. The rata tat tat of the gun fire would seem like it would never stop. Last breaths would be taken.

So, during all of this carnage, God where is your love?

God’s love was in the hearts and deeds done by the first responders. God would take on the role of protector and healer through the police, fire and paramedics. These people would rush in to save as many people as they could, regardless of the danger presented to everyone, they were doing as they were trained. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

God’s love was with the concert goers that would help each other. The ones that used their hands to help stem the flow of blood from people shot. The ones that put the injured onto the back of pickup trucks, loaded them into SUV’s and cars and then drove them to the hospitals. Some shielded love ones and strangers with their own bodies, some cried for the dying and some cried because they were alive. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

God’s love was with the hospital staff that came from all over. Those that were off work, those that were scheduled to work and probably just volunteers wanting to help. The doctors, the nurses, the techs, the administrative assistants, the supervisors, the cleaning crews, the maintenance people, the IT people, they were all letting the love of God flow. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

Yes, God’s love was in the air that faithful night. Where there is darkness, God will shine His brightest.

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In the coming days, weeks and years many will ask why? I am not sure anyone can answer this question. There will be more tears, and anguish. Anger and loneliness will come to some. The empty chair at the table, the empty place in the bed. That phone call of panic, or words that no one wants to hear from the doctor or priest. God’s love is still at work, but we just may ne be able to see it.

As a nation, we will try to comfort each other. We will give our hearts, money and prayers to all the victims and families.

God’s love has not gone anywhere. God’s love is always with us and

Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

The author is a Christian and this article is written from that viewpoint.