When is the government going to do something about gun control?! But no….don’t blame gun control…blame lack of safety school measures and the mentally ill! The mentally ill! This is what I have a problem with blaming the mentally ill:
- It perpetuates further stigma towards people living with mental illness
- It does ABSOLUTELY nothing to solve the terror around our schools
- It safe guards white terrorists
The Blame Game
What’s funny is that Trump wants to build a wall—a $15 million wall—to keep all the “bad” Mexicans out. So then how do prevent our own “homegrown” terrorists from causing harm to Americans? What are the solutions to that? While I do understand the incompetence of the FBI not looking into Nikolas Cruz when both callers and even Cruz’s social media pages were basically screaming, “Hey! Potential terrorist, right here!” after years of the FBI telling all Americans if they “See something, Say something.”, they do ABSOLUTELY nothing! But then you got Trump and his crew either blaming every Tom, Dick and Harry or skipping around the issue of gun control:
YES we need to make school safety a top issue, but what we REALLY need is to make gun control a safe issue!
So, what after 5 days from the school shooting, Pence has gained NOTHING from the school shooting??? It’s hard to believe how hell bent Trump and his crew are still on creating a wall. Talk about blockheads! NO! We need to protect our children, teachers and staff. How the hell is a wall going to do that?
Really??? A blame game? What the hell is this elementary school??? Yes, FBI screwed up…BIG time, but how is playing the blame game exercising your leadership as the President of these United States??? If Trump wants to prove how great his administration is then he should walk the talk or better yet stop tweeting!
Aw, that’s so nice! Okay Rubio…if you want “honor” those injured and killed in the shooting, then how about getting your colleagues into drawing up a gun protection law? 🙂
Look at the chart below at the school shootings alone from 1998:
Now look at the school shootings that have taken place since the first days of the new year:
I mean what the f*** is going to take to get those fat cats in Washington D.C. to pass a gun control law? How many our nation’s schools and families have to suffer, because for whatever reason they’d rather protect NRA?
Mentally Ill or Terrorist: The Depiction of the Race of the Shooter
Why is it for every white shooter they are automatically labeled mentally ill, but for every shooter of color they are labeled terrorists? The problem is white shooters are often, humanized. On a Huffington Post online article titled, “The Double Standard In How The Media Is Portraying The Las Vegas Shooter,” Las Vegas gunman, Stephen Paddock, was portrayed as a “lone wolf” and for that he “fit” the “mentally ill” bill. Then the Charleston, South Carolina shooter who evidently, who told his victims that he was going defend America from being taken over by Black people and even after he killed some victims, he told a woman he was sparing her on purpose so she can tell people what he did (Chu, 2015). However, if a Black or Muslim person commits a mass killing, “oh, my gosh! Terrorist!” Sarah Bland died with the media focusing on her run-ins in with the law, Muslim-Americans are looked at with suspicion for being apart of Al Qadea (or whatever extremist Islamic group is running these days) and the following Islam. Look Black, White, Asian, Arabic, Latino if a person creates a mass shooting among innocent lives they ARE a terrorist. PERIOD.
The Reduction on Health Spending
Okay so Trump blames mental illness as the cause to the shootings that took place on Wednesday 14th. But oh wait….did he tell the Americans about his newfound budget to cut mental health services, research, and treatment. Ooops…I guess he just “forgot”.
With a 16% decrease to the Human and Health Services, here are some examples on how the new budget will affect mental health services, research, and treatment:
- Discontinued funding for the screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Program
- Eliminating of $451 million in other health professions and training programs
- Reduction towards funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Program of Regional and National Significance by–$600 million
- Elimination of funding for Minority Fellowship programs at SAMHSA
- Discontinued funding for the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment program.
Source: Mental Health America
In reality, only 4% of violence is connected to serious mental illness. People with mental illness are in fact more likely in fact to bring harm among themselves; this is why WE need mental health services. But unfortunately it seems the government has abandoned us and put the NRA above us. However in spite of this, we must never give up for gun control and the protection of the lives of our school children and staff. Enough is enough with the blame control of guns
Chu, A. (2015, June). It’s Not About Mental Illness: The Big Lie That Always Follows Mass Shooting By White Males. Salon. Retrieved from https://www.salon.com/2015/06/18/its_not_about_mental_illness_the_big_lie_that_always_follows_mass_shootings_by_white_males/
Ruiz-Grossman, S. (2017, October). The Double Standard In How The Media Is Portraying The Las Vegas Shooter. Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/double-standard-white-privilege-media-las-vegas-shooting_us_59d3da15e4b04b9f92058316
For More Reading on Race, Mental Health and Mass Shootings, click on the links below:
A False Dichotomy? Mental Illness and Lone-Actor Terrorism
Checking Facts and Falsehoods About Gun Violence and Mental Illness After Parkland Shooting
How the Media Smears Black Victims
More than 17 Cartoons About the Shootings That’ll Make You cry, Cringe, Call a Congressman
Myths on Violence and Mental Health
School Shootings in the US Keep Happening Again and Again and Again
Shooters of Color are Called “Terrorists” and “Thugs.” Why are White Shooters called “Mentally Ill”?
The Myth Behind Mental Illness: Why the Mentally Ill Should Not Be Blamed for America’s Gun Violence
The White Privilege of the “Lone Wolf” Shooter
209 School Shootings In America Since 2013