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America: Where It's Easier to Get a Gun Than Good Mental Health Care


Health & Wellness  (tags: mental health, treatment, death, suicide, access to guns )

Lynn
- 831 days ago - alternet.org
Gun violence is up. Access to good mental healthcare is down. What, exactly, are our priorities?



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Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Monday June 11, 2012, 11:03 pm
What a joke great post Lynn
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Monday June 11, 2012, 11:22 pm
Gun violence is up. Access to good mental healthcare is down. What, exactly, are our priorities?

The NRA wants easy access to guns, but what is being done to ensure that guns do not get into the wrong hands? What is being done to ensure that someone who is going to commit suicide does not get access to an 'easy out'? There are too many suicides, murder-suicides, or mass killings (ie Columbine, Virgina Tech) and all affect many more people than just the perpetrator. And what mental health intervention is available? Have we as a society made gun access easy and cheap, while pricing mental health intervention right out of the picture. And what are the social costs of each suicide, each murder?
 

ellen m. (222)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 1:27 am
I don't understand how much easier the access can get unless they want the government to pick up the tab for anyone that wants to be chauffeured down to the local fairgrounds on any given weekend to a "gun show" to pick up as many guns, including handguns, as they can carry away from there without so much as a backround check or a holding period..

Oh snap, maybe they would like the government (by which i mean our tax dollars) to pick up the entrance fee to the show.as well!
 

Kamila A. (141)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 5:19 am
There is little dollar value, especially in the short term return for getting mental health help for those who need it than there is profit in guns. The money exchanged for guns and all the fall-out from the shootings nets a much higher profit for the uglies than if money was used as an investment in human life. Its always a short-term return that makes this capitalistic profit driven machine go and human life has no value except if you look at the harvest potential of the worker's money you can take from him through some marketing or tax ploy. Look at the wars and how profitable they are, look at the human devastation and the non-care of the politicians like W.
Societal values are upside down.
 

Elaine Al Meqdad (228)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 9:13 am
Noted! Perhaps if they didn't need Mental help, they wouldn't find the need for guns! Remember...Guns don't kill people but crazy assed people kill people!
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 2:27 pm
@ Elaine A --- "Perhaps if they didn't need Mental help ..." --- That is part of the problem! Many can't get the help they need because it is priced out of their reach. Likewise, not everyone is mentally ill in a clinical sense who buys a gun and uses it. The point is that it is easier to purchase a gun than to get mental health help. And when you look at bills in various states like Florida and Arizona, the gun, easy access, and concealed carry are worshipped at the altar of the Republican/Teabaggers.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 3:24 pm
This woman wrote quite a story.Getting a gun in most states, especially in the South, simply involves a valid driver's license from a 16 year old. In fact, I know of a gas station/shopping mart store in Broward Co., Florida where you can buy gas, a six pack of beer, and a gun.One stop shopping!
 

Kate Kenner (200)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 4:13 pm
and sadly many of those carrying those easy to get guns need good mental health carel.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 4:52 pm
Thanks Lynn--so sad.
 

Johnny S. (19)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 11:53 pm
Kansas is spending over $500k to try to defund Planned Parenthood & make it impossible to get an abortion, but they are kicking people off of Medicaid left & right. My 40 year old son has schizophrenia & was on Medicaid since 1985. Since he gets $1000 per month they said he has $522 per month to pay for jis own medical & psychotropic drugs. Meanwhile the good governor has ushered through legislation that exempts LLCs, Subchapter S Corps & Partherships from any income tax & cut the top rate from 6.45 % to 4.5 %.
 

Patricia H. (468)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 7:38 am
noted
 

Les Lambert (197)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 2:00 pm
So sad, but so true------When are we ever going to wake up to the reality that PEOPLE are surely more important than having guns.
 

Moira P. (0)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 2:24 pm
My advice is stay clear of guns and medication. Sleep, good food, exercise and sunshine along with good company that gets you laughing is my prescription for a healthy, happy life.
 

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 9:31 pm
Easy access to firearms, combined with the stand your ground laws, sounds like a divide and conquer strategy. The more we fight amongst ourselves---and against each other---the less attention we give to the doings of the elite manipulators.
 

monka blank (74)
Friday June 15, 2012, 3:48 pm
For no money I'd like to live in the U.S., because of their weird gun law, and the bad social system. No surprise the U.S. has lot's of "enemies", therefore it "needs" wars. A nation who feeds on wars is a sick nation, better healthcare should be the remedy.
 
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