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.

Guns in America, the endless debate starts again

The mass shooting in Las Vegas from this month has so far killed 59 people and has caused the injury of over 500 people. According to police, one gunman is responsible for the carnage that was left behind. The shooter committed suicide when police entered his hotel room.

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Photo of people trying to hide during the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA. Google Images search.
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Photo of hotel gunman was at when he was shooting people at he concert. The winds shown in the lower right is where he was shooting from. Photo from Google Search Images.

But, not only is this another national tragedy for the United States, it has restarted up the debate about gun control. This is a very emotional hot topic in America and there is no easy solution.

The Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution reads: “Article the fourth… A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” According to this part of the document that the United States was formed by, it is pretty plain, the RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

I think this leaves no room for debate, everyone has the right to keep and bear arms in the USA. One gun or thousands of guns, we have that right to own them all.

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Guns and ammo, they are a part of America, just like our apple pie and ice cream.

It seems that guns have been a part of the United States since the very beginning. There are many different opinions on being able to carry a weapon in the USA. You are reading mine now. I have been around guns, rifles, shotguns, and pistols almost my entire life. Since I was 21 years old and even to this day I have always carried a weapon with me most of the time. I have a valid concealed carry permit.

So, back to the shooting. According to Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account she wrote to put politics aside, but then makes a political statement in the same tweet. She says to fight the NRA “to stop this from happening again.”

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Photo of Hillary Clinton from a search by Google.com, images.

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Okay to Hillary and all the other people who want to change our Constitution. Let’s just say for the sake of argument a law was passed to outlaw weapons in the USA. Would this have stopped what happened in Las Vegas? I don’t think so and this is why I say this.

After the 1998 Port Arthur Massacre in Australia the Government passed the “National Firearms Programme Implementation Act 1996”, restricting the private ownership of high-capacity semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and pump-action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing.

I visited Australia several years ago. While there I was speaking with a friend that lived there. He told me that the government bought weapons from the people and didn’t care if they were possessed illegally at the time or not. After this law as passed there was a period of time to turn in your weapons.

He went on to explain the police warehouses were “stacked to the ceilings” with weapons. I also spoke with a police officer while I was there. The laws are so strict in Australia, the police officer cannot carry a weapon home and must account of all the ammo after each shift when they turn the weapon and ammo in. By the way, this was within the past 7 years I was there and they were just starting to change of from a revolver to a semi-automatic weapon.

Yes, gun deaths are down in Australia, but they still have homicides and mass murders. The difference is that most are committed with chains, axes, knifes and various other means. The thing to understand is if someone wants to kill someone, they don’t have to use a firearm.

Now, where does the USA rank in homicides worldwide. Not including wars and suicides, the United States ranked 107 out of 218 countries in homicides in 2014. We are not even in the top 100 countries. This report was put together by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. According to same study, firearms was the choice of weapons in the majority of murders worldwide, there were still many that did not include firearms.

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Now, the people who want to regulate firearms will tell you if we regulate the firearms, instead of 50 plus dead, there may be only 3 or 4 dead. Wow, that’s great, unless you happen to be one of the 3 or 4 that was murdered.

The bottom line here is no matter what the USA does, people will always find a way to kill other people. This happens all over the world, in many different countries each day. So, with keeping this in mind, I will keep my firearms so I can defend myself against people who would like to harm me and my family.

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