- Posted January 8, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
Alex Jones, Piers Morgan, and the Gun Control Conundrum
I also vehemently disagree with his petition to deport Piers Morgan. While I completely disagree with Mr. Morgan's views on the subject, he, too, is entitled to the benefits of the First Amendment (freedom of speech). To simply "remove" someone because we do not agree with them is just as against our Founding Fathers' principles as banning firearms would be. Imagine if someone who spoke out against Prohibition in the Twenties were deported for the sole reason of disagreeing with a Constitutional amendment?
Now, to the meat and potatoes--gun control. For starters, I recommend researching a Dr. Susan Gratia Hupp. She was just minding her own business, having a nice dinner with her parents when a gunman drove his truck into the window and ultimately gunned both of her parents down. You would think surely she would advocate gun control, but no. And before you point at Armalite Rifle-15s and blame them for these senseless acts committed, consider the man who defended his store from looters during the LA riots with one of these "weapons of war". Or, consider the kid in Houston who fended of three would-be robbers with one.
There then becomes another argument I also find distasteful. Even the NRA president fell for it. That is one of "violent" videogames and media. This, just like guns, is a straw man that ignores the true issue.
The true issue? Mental health. It's the elephant in the room people roll their eyes at and stroll around, unaware that it is becoming angry and about to stampede on another crowd, another series of victims, simply because it feels unnoticed, or neglected, or unwanted, or even daresay is simply a sociopath. Far too many people in this country are being medicated without consideration as to their lives' influence on their symptoms and how they feel. Society also holds a terrible habit of mocking those with mental issues, and deeming most as nonexistent, paradoxically as imaginary fodder for the drug companies to push pills. It won't happen overnight, but this needs to change. More talk, compassion and even sleep (yes, sleep!) need to happen in this country to aid those less mentally stable. They need support, not pills and mockery until they can one day handle no more of modern life's stress, strain, or yearnings to be remembered in a mass of 7 billion Earthlings. Can we consider this, dear Washington, as opposed to how "scary" and "military looking" my rifle is?