Mass Shootings, Mental Health, and the Change You Don’t Want to Make

It doesn’t have to be like this. We don’t have to get phone calls at 1 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon from our children as they bleed out in their Algebra I classroom. We can stop this. You can stop this. I don’t know if you really want to, but you could.

The thing you are not going to like is that to stop this slaughter, you are actually going to have to personally do something about it. Something more than send your thoughts and prayers. It’s going to take you actually doing something that you have made crystal clear that you don’t want to do.

Either you are going to have to make a sacrifice, or more children are going to have to be slain to protect something that is clearly very important to you. Something that you feel is your constitutional right. Something that you have at this point, decided is worth the lives of our children.

You know, your right to bear arms or more so, your right to own guns that were specifically designed to kill as many people as fast and efficiently as possible. Your right to own assault weapons.

Yeah I know, “It’s not a gun problem, it’s a mental health issue.” To be honest, on a certain level you are right.

We are the only developed nation in which mass shootings are the norm. We are also the only developed nation who, against all the stats, have decided that the one thing that has worked to limit gun violence in every single other developed nation, is not even worth trying here.

When we can look at the data of other nations who have gotten strict on gun laws and eliminated mass shootings in their country and say, “Nah, that won’t work,” there is some level of delusion going on.

To live in a nation that denies solid facts in order to hold onto this supposed “right” to own weapons of mass murder that would really only be relevant in a “Walking Dead” type of post-apocalyptic zombie scenario, shows signs of some serious mental illness on a pretty broad level.

The refusal to give up our “right” to mass killing machines as children are slaughtered in our schools, is borderline sociopathic. You know what, no - it is sociopathic.

There is no such thing as a “good” assault weapon owner. At this point there are those who easily legally buy assault weapons to murder children and other groups of people, and there are those who easily legally buy assault weapons with some weird narcissistic fantasy of being the “hero” in a mass shooting situation. Either way, the delusional desire to own a mass killing machine is enabling the murder or our children.

Like every other developed nation in this world has shown us, we can stop this. It’s just a matter of what we value more. Our delusional narcissism or the lives of our children. That's what it comes down to. That's where we are at.

Sheri Rosendahl4 Comments