rabble wrote:This is an extremely well written article on why we should be talking about mental illness instead of guns.
Personally I think we should also be talking about guns but Ms Long makes sound arguments that our current mental illness treatment processes do no one any good. Not the patient, the family, or the country. We aren't helping anybody. We're just filling prisons.
I don't think the article was against talking about guns as much as it was illustrating (graphically) how important the mental health issue really is. The fact that the best way for a 13 year old child to receive help is to face criminal charges is the worst condemnation of our health care, criminal justice and education systems that I can think of.