As an adult, overall, I have a strong belief that you should be able to do and buy anything you want as long as you are not hurting innocent victims. If you want to go base jumping, knock yourself out. If you want to get in the cage and fight, cool. If you want to go full Jon Jones with a weekend full of sandblasting prostitutes and cocaine, go on and get down with the get down. Hell, for that matter, if you are sane and want to buy and own a gun, I’m not mad at you.
I am as much of a proponent of being able to do what the fuck you want as anyone, but I also recognize that there’s levels to it when it comes to what is best for the general public. That is why we have laws.
The unfortunate thing is, laws are easily broken. There have been policies put into place to make it more difficult to purchase guns legally, but the fact of the matter is guns are only a fraction of the issue.
Mental health and wellness is where the bigger issue lies. It doesn’t take rocket scientist to know that the head of the jerkoff who shot up the high school in Florida today is seriously fucked up.
I refuse to name the asshole or describe how he committed the heinous act because the last thing I want to do is glorify or perpetuate this senseless violence. There has been double digit school shootings on the school year and half a dozen since the start of the calendar year. That is just schools alone; not including the other fatal domestic acts of terror. It makes me sick, these fucks.
Let this be on the record that I do not know the answers about how to prevent these catastrophes, but I do know measures need to be taken. Time and time again this crap happens and not a damn thing comes of it. We are expecting things to change without doing anything to spark that change. Utter insanity.
Columbine happened two fucking decades ago and it has only gotten worse.
The cold truth is that these terrorists suffer from mental illnesses. Unfortunately, the large majority of people with these ailments do not have adequate or affordable access to the resources that they need for help.
Unless a person works for a company with an incredible benefits package, the going rate on therapy is at least $150 an hour. A lot of patients also have to wait for weeks, sometimes even months, before they are able to be seen for an appointment.
Paired with the aforementioned lack of access, the quick fix for many is script drugs. The level of abuse is rampant and those that are three sheets to the wind hopped up on anti-anxiety, antidepressant, and antipsychotic medication are so far dissociated with reality that they are not consciously on the same planet with the rest of us here. They are real life Eminem 3 a.m..
Donald Trump, Congress, other policy and lawmakers, you chumps aren’t off the hook; I am calling you out. Instead of worrying about trying to build that stupid fucking wall, how about you do some reallocate some resources and make it a priority to make access for help more obtainable. It’s not like you haven’t misplaced trillions of dollars before.
Additional reform and providing comprehensive mental and psychiatric healthcare will not outright stop mass shootings and terror violence, nor will it eradicate the hatred out there existing in the world. But, it may reduce the amount of times per year they occur, which is a start and it is certainly better than sitting here with our thumbs up our asses just waiting something to happen.
-Jordan Kurtz AKA Kurtzy F is a founding member of Comments From The Peanut Gallery