Mental Illness and Gun Violence

What is happening in the world now it is sad and something has to be done about it.  First I think that if you regulate guns and who can buy them won’t work because if someone really wants to buy a gun they will find a way to get one.  I think that we need to start with getting these people help and to commit them to a psychiatric hospital.  And get a diagnosis and then come up with a plan to help them whether it is medication or therapy or support groups.  You have to start treating the problem and if they are delusional then there needs to be ways to get them help even if they don’t want help.  This is very serious the ones who need the most help are the ones most resistant.  Especially if they are not grounded in reality.

My parents have personal experience with this problem.  It was me that needed help and since I was an adult I had a choice whether I needed to be in the hospital or not and my parents knew that I was in trouble.  However, they could not do anything because the law is that the person can make his or her own decisions even when they don’t know they need help.  I was so paranoid and thought people were after me and I would not come out of my room.  I was going to defend myself if someone tried to hurt me but I did not buy a gun.  Yet, I know people do because they are just defending themselves or they feel wronged by their peers.

In this culture growing up with video games and becoming desensitized by it.  Teenagers and young adults don’t really think about the consequences of their actions in a way people do when they reach 25.  The brain is still changing and maturing before this.  Maybe we need to change the laws about having friends and family members being able to help these people at such a critical age.  Most mental illnesses start around this time too so we need to be aware of this and get them help right away.  Not waiting until it is too late.


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