Sunday, December 23, 2012
Weapons & Suicide
In Japan they have almost no civilian weapons, yet their rate of suicide is much higher than in the USA. They hang themselves or cut themselves to death. If people want to kill themselves the presence or absence of guns won't stop them from killing themselves.
In the United States we do a very poor job of treating the mentally ill. Everyone one of these mass murders has been committed by someone who was described by friends, neighbors and relatives as disturbed. Rather than obtain proper mental health care for them these people obtained a weapon and killed others. They also don't need guns to commit their crimes. Two of the largest mass murders in the United States were a bombing attack on a school and an arson fire at a discotheque.
I favor doing something that is effective to stop mass murders. We need a significantly better mental health care system in the United States to stop deranged people from hurting themselves or hurting others. No sane person goes to a mall or school and shoots a dozen people. Taking away the guns won't solve the problem. It will only punish the law abiding people who use guns for lawful purposes; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.