Someone mentioned on Facebook that in 2000, Alameda’s Encinal High has its own school scare when three students were eventually arrested after creating a “hit list” of classmates. Another kid got tied up in the arrest too for taking credit in a chat room but the police dismissed his involvement as a prank. I don’t know if there has been an uptick in gun related deaths or if I’m simply more sensitive to reports of it in the news, but even the weekend after the Sandy Hook shooting there was, yet another, movie theater shooting and trickles of individual gun related deaths have made its way into various police blotters.
I noticed a comment on Alameda Patch yesterday about the question of gun control and some commenter linked to a Washington Post article and attempted to contend that Canada and the US has similar gun ownership and gun violence incidents. Clearly they didn’t bother to look at the map on the link they had posted:
On the subject of gun control, I really want to thank folks who who stayed on topic and brought their relevant experiences as public safety officers or hunters to help further frame the discussion.
But even when we talk about the proliferation of guns in the United States and really begin to have a thorough and rational conversation about gun control, Denise S. brings up a good point about needing to have a serious discussion about the state of mental health care in the United States as well. When you read accounts of parents trying to access the mental health system and the system failing them and their children, it’s just depressing. We have a local connection when the parents of Daniel deWitt recounted their challenges with getting help for their son but were unable to access the proper care.
However, as mentioned by Li_ these two conversation: both the mental health care and the gun control should be discussed but one topic shouldn’t trump another and we should be able to devote equal attention and care to each of these topics. We have seen the impacts of the lack of good mental health care and yet it becomes one of the easiest line items to cut because the population of folks don’t have high powered lobbyists ensuring that those budget item remain intact.