Friday, October 9, 2015
Everyone Is Missing the Real Problem
I waited a bit to blog about the recent mass shooting at Umpqua College in Roseburg, Oregon until emotions leveled off a bit. Every time one of these happens, social and television media is full of opinions of those who either blame guns or think more guns are the answer to stopping mass shootings. Instead of blaming guns, I blame the parenting of these young boys for what has happened.
Chris Harper-Mercer had six guns on his person and another eight more at home when he carried out his rampage. He had long term mental illness issues and lived with his mother.
Dylan Roof had a website full of racist postings, at least one handgun and an automatic rifle. He too had a history of mental issues and lived with his stepmother.
Adam Lanza had two semi-automatic handguns, a rifle and a shotgun with him and three more rifles and 1400 rounds of ammunition in a gun safe in his bedroom where he lived with his mother whom he also killed. He too had significant mental issues.
Dylan Klebold had a blog full of posts of hate about society. He carried a semi-automatic handgun and a sawed off shotgun shotgun along with two 20 pound propane bombs. At home where he lived with his parents were 99 more bombs already assembled and more guns. Klebold suffered from depression and his cohort in crime Eric Harris was a diagnosed psychopath.
These are just a few shooters of mass murders off the top of my head all of whom share some commonalities. They all had mental illness, all lived at home, and all had an arsenal of weapons. What kind of parent finds it acceptable to allow their child who has a mental illness to stockpile all these weapons? Several of the parents not only knew about their child's stockpile of weapons but blatantly encouraged them to get them. Unknown are the multitude of slightly older children no longer living at home who also had a stockpile of weapons and whether or not their parents knew of them.
I'm not sure what the solution is here since in my opinion, the parents of these shooters also suffered from mental issues if they thought their children with diagnosed mental issues were okay to stockpile weapons and ammunition. I do know that all this talk about guns being to blame or the solution to these mass shootings is not the right answer.
Another issue I would like to discuss that is on this topic is that we also need to stop clouding the issue. After all these mass shootings occur, the media pushes out an unbelievable amount of data showing how many people more people die here in the United States than other nations. Even our president got on board with this last one. Not one single one actually used a more meaningful statistic of comparing our per capita homicide rate with the per capita homicide rate of other countries. If you do that, due to the large population difference between the United States and most nations, the United States falls far down on that list. Gasp. We are actually more likely to be gunned down in other countries than our own. Who has the problem? My answer is the media and the people who believe the dribble they force feed the general population.