I have been on both sides of this issue. I have been victimized yet I still believe in everyones right to bear arms and protect themselves if they so choose. I also believe those people who do not wish to own guns should have their choice without trampling on other peoples rights. Just because something bad happened to me, I do not want to punish other people by taking their rights away. Gun control laws do not work and they do nothing to resolve the real issues. I feel for the injuries and the loss that people have suffered at the hands of someone who is criminally ill. I've been there. Does this mean that guns should be outlawed or tighter gun control laws are going to help anybody? No. My perpetrator as well as every other mass shooting that I have investigated had one thing in common. They were all on psychotropic drugs. My perpetrator, who I had lived with for 10 years, changed overnight. Within 30 days of being on psychiatric medication for depression he was unrecognizable. He went from being depressed to trying to kill me and sitting in the corner rocking back and forth afterwards looking like a madman, hair unkempt and glazed over eyes. We got him titrated off his medications and he went back to being normal and depressed, but not a madman. To this day, he said that he can't describe in words what those drugs made him think and feel in his mind. He said he truly felt crazed and couldn't believe his actions. Perhaps we should look at our own society and our underlying issues. America is a hedonistic society that wants to avoid any type of personal displeasure. We use drugs, alcohol, tv, violent games, sex, shopping, eating, golf, and just about every vice you can think of to avoid feeling uncomfortable in any way. Perhaps we should each learn individually how to stop avoiding emotional discomfort so we will no longer act out on others or ourselves or use mood altering chemicals including pharmaceuticals to try to deal with everyday life. We have become a society with no coping skills and we are hurting each other because of it. We drug our children with Ridalin when they do not behave properly because it makes teachers and parents uncomfortable. We drug our soldiers so our government/society doesn't have to be accountable to what we've done overseas. We lack principles to live by and so drive it away with our hedonistic behaviors that create great pain and suffering. This is the root of our problems. Not guns.
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