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?
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.