We must not start going after people who are innocent people and target them for actions and discrimination without ever evidence that they are dangerous - and deny them the ability to defend themselves through due process - as is the American way. The problem here is the permanently labeling of people for the rest of their lives where there are social disabilities, including job discrimination, without the prospect of due process and self defense.
It is easier to get a gun than a job in America. It's also easier to get a gun than to get mental health treatment. It's easier to get a gun than to get mental health treatment for your child if you have no health insurance. It's easier to get a gun than to have access to education and vocational training. Part of the problem here is that when Americans need help - there is the "you are on your own" mentality - and that is partly a result of 25-30 years of social engineering by Republicans and conservatives. Of course, arming teachers and bringing more guns into schools is an acceptable viewpoint - just like profiling people with Muslim names at airports.
The mass shootings in America, including the one that occurred yesterday, need to be a part of a larger discussion on health care access for Americans. American society regards mental health as a part of the health care system - and there needs to be an expansion of the Affordable Health Care act, aka "Obamacare." It is no secret that many of the young males that were involved in these horrific shootings had mental health issues (Aurora, Gabby Giffords, Virginia Tech, Columbine) and where the mental health system failed to provide help for rather crazy young men - but there is really no profile beyond that.
The discussion of the role of mental health access in America is largely absent after these mass shootings, while the mental health industry in America is focused on turning normal reactions to life problems into mental disorders. The mental health industry is more focused on labeling and giving out medicines to the homeless and low income mothers who have normal worries about providing for their children. The mental health industry needs to be part of the discussion on health care access (and social reactions to mental health labels), rather than off with the pharmaceutical industry using the poor and homeless as guinea pigs for new labels and pills. We need the mental health industry to join the discussion on expanding mental health services to those without health insurance.
Republicans and conservatives cannot have this discussion, as they both oppose giving out "freebies" to Americans and the Obama health care policy (even if it means free mental health services to enhance public safety). So, we can expect the Republicans and conservatives to continue to offer, well, crazy solutions to the problem of mass violence in America, like more guns in society and expanding drug and mental health "watchlists" and going after innocent people that "fit a profile," as we now do in our airports.
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