Gun Control Is The Right Answer To The Wrong Question!

Gun Control Is The Right Answer To The Wrong Question!


Several years ago, it was bullying; this year, it is gun control. Both were precipitated by horrific incidences that ruined the lives of many, and will continue to do so until we identify the underlying problems. Bullying and gun violence are intimately related. There is a huge elephant sitting in the room, yet we continue to ignore it. The tragedy in Newtown is not an isolated incident of senseless violence or is it a case of this man developing these thoughts overnight. ( #Newtown ) Sadly, this type of violence is preventable. Violence is symptomatic of much deeper issues, which we have not begun to discuss.

As usual, we have the right answer to the wrong question. The question is: how did those thoughts get into this person’s mind? Guns didn’t put them there….

But I do get the bandwagon outcry of gun control. Gun misuse has been a problem for years, but efforts to regulate guns were stymied by the National Rifle Association (NRA). #NRA   In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, the climate is ripe to battle the powerful NRA. I get that! I support it! Unfortunately, I don’t think gun control alone will ultimately solve the problem, unless there is a cultural shift in our craving for violence in all forms of entertainment, and our recognition of mental illness as a neurological disease, and not something in someone’s imagination. In addition, our mental health delivery system STINKS! A word to politicians: be mindful of not stigmatizing and scapegoating people with mental illness by singling them out in gun control legislation.

Guns do not initiate the violence; they facilitate it and make it more lethal. In thinking about Newtown, there must have been many RED FLAGS that were missed. Was this man under the care of a mental health provider or any medical provider? If not, why? If so, what kind of treatment was he receiving? How closely was he monitored? And most importantly, what were his medications?

Medications are a double-edged sword; they help people, but they also harm people. Unlike guns, medications can put crazy thoughts into people’s mind irrespective of mental illness. Why are we not delving deeper into these aspects? More information in this area would shed light on this tragedy and possibly avert others.  #Mentalillness

Maybe the Newtown tragedy is more powerful than the NRA?

Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

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