Point of View
UNITED STATES—In the past two weeks, America has dealt with some unbelievable tragedies. First, we have the mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas that left 4 people dead, including the shooter. Then on April 9, we had a massive stabbing incident at a Pennsylvania high school that has left more than 20 people injured. What is happening in our country today?
I can’t help but fear that we have become desensitized as
We live in a culture where labels appear to be everything. We want to label something because it groups things, it makes it easier and it allows us to have a bit of distance. We have this fear of labeling things we know nothing about and that fear creates problems in my eyes. I can’t understand for the life of me, why more actions have not been implemented to assist soldiers from war.
Countless studies and incidents have proven that many who return back home after war deal with a surmountable amount of stress adapting to everyday life. Many suffer from PTSD, yet our medical arena is not taking more steps to fill in the holes of those gaps. I mean for God’s sake these people risked their lives for the safety of the everyday American. I don’t think its too much to ask for some sort of counseling or treatment to help them adapt back into the world that never stopped moving while they were in a battle zone.
The stabbing incident in
I’m sorry I’m just not a fan of the idea of allowing teachers to carry guns on school grounds; it just opens up a scary scenario in my opinion if someone was able to get their hands on that weapon. Just thinking about it scares me to death, not to mention the idea of toddlers being in a room with a person who is armed. That’s an image I rather never see happen during my lifetime.
So I’m asking for your thoughts. What can we do as Americans to decrease the number of violent events taking place where it now appears once or twice in most cases? We need to have a healthy debate on mental illness. Let’s decipher some of the mental illnesses most commonly diagnosed and address medical treatment for those in need. Let’s have a discussion on how we can make schools safer for our children, those young and old. We have to have an open forum to discuss these issues, so we’re not getting to a point as Americans where we are comfortable with the things being depicted on the small screen and the big screen. This is nothing to just blink your eye at and move onto the next thing.
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