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GunReformNOW

NoraRoseMcMahon
NoraRoseMcMahon University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana Vice President
over 1 year Champaign, IL, United States Story
Gun Reform NOW

I’m confused by all the people who want to argue that we don’t need gun reform, but that we need to look at the warning signs and have better mental healthcare. There’s only so much you can do with warning signs.  When people haven’t broken a law, it doesn’t matter how many warning signs there are, you can’t physically stop them from doing something.
This latest shooter had warning signs, and they were acted on.  I’m he FBI looked into him, he was removed from the campus, but he still killed 17 people. Mental health programs exist, but people have to want to go to them, and improving mental healthcare nationwide doesn’t do much for disturbed individuals who don’t want help, or who don’t think they need help. If someone displays all the warning signs, sure, you can be cautious of that person, but until gun laws are changed, if they haven’t broken a law, there’s not really anything to stop them from inflicting violence.
Side note: when the same people saying that it’s not a gun problem, it’s a mental health problem, wasted the better part of a year trying to limit people’s access to healthcare, you know they don’t really care about a solution. They care about the money the NRA gives to them.
And you can say it’s not right to make it a political issue when there’s a tragedy, but there’s a tragedy every week, so when can we make it political?


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  • Ameris Jimenez
    Ameris Jimenez Mogul President at The University of Illinois
    over 1 year ago Champaign, IL, United States

    Gun laws and mental health are such complex topics within a gray area. I am all for gun reforms and in an ideal world, they would be effective but in the real world they're not. Mass shootings aren't the only issue that we deal with in America. There's gang violence, homicides, and even suicide that deals with gun violence. Yes, there is a background check in order to receive a FOID card and purchase armed weapons but it is still so easy to illegally buy them on the streets. What are you looking for in a gun reform law that you think would be effective in lowering gun violence in our country? The USA is statistically known to be the country with the highest amount of individually owned firearms and it's culturally known to be able to "bear arms" which is why being able to own firearms is part of our constitutional rights. For mental health, the individual does have to want to go seek psychiatric help but what I don't understand is why the FBI or law enforcement didn't force the suspect into a psychiatric ward. When someone admits themselves into the ER for suicidal ideation or if they're under suspicion for causing harm to others, BY LAW they are supposed to be admitted into a psych ward. I just dont understand why the FBI didn't do anything.... 

    Gun laws and mental health are such complex topics within a gray area. I am all for gun reforms and in an ideal world, they would be effective but in the real world they're not. Mass shootings aren't the only issue that we deal with in America. There's gang violence, homicides, and even suicide that deals with gun violence. Yes, there is a background check in order to receive a FOID card and purchase armed weapons but it is still so easy to illegally buy them on the streets. What are you looking for in a gun reform law that you think would be effective in lowering gun violence in our country? The USA is statistically known to be the country with the highest amount of individually owned firearms and it's culturally known to be able to "bear arms" which is why being able to own firearms is part of our constitutional rights. For mental health, the individual does have to want to go seek psychiatric help but what I don't understand is why the FBI or law enforcement didn't force the suspect into a psychiatric ward. When someone admits themselves into the ER for suicidal ideation or if they're under suspicion for causing harm to others, BY LAW they are supposed to be admitted into a psych ward. I just dont understand why the FBI didn't do anything.... 


NoraRoseMcMahon
University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana Vice President

Vice President of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Mogul hub. I'm a senior at the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. I'm getting a double major in Political Science and Psychology, and my career goal is to become a corporate lawyer.

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