A Brief Word on Newtown

I don’t have ten thousand words to write on this topic.  Or rather, I could write ten thousand words on it, but no one wants to read that and I don’t feel like wasting that much of WordPress’ server space.  Besides, brevity is the soul of wit, as they say.

Further restricting guns treats a symptom, not the cause. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – cold and allergy medicines only treat symptoms, and that’s just fine for most cases – but it isn’t the end all and be all of stopping this sort of violence. There are serious issues with how we deal with mental health in this country. The US is the unhappiest “western” nation in the world. Suicide rates are astronomical compared to most European countries, especially among young men, who kill themselves here at a 7-to-1 ratio over women. Perhaps we need to focus on why there is so much suffering in this country rather than strictly on how it’s being inflicted.

Of course, that would require the right to admit that we need to actually fund public health and research programs instead of further slashing their budgets to make way for more tax cuts for the wealthy, and the left to admit that they can’t just poof all the guns away and have these problems magically disappear with them. Sadly, I think we all know that isn’t going to happen.

So back to your regularly scheduled gun control and video game violence arguments, I suppose.

Update: Someone else did write those ten thousand words, far better than I could have.  Read this.


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