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Mental Situation


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We’re told by conservatives that we can’t question the mental state of Donald Trump, no matter what crazy crap comes out of his mouth. Yet, Trump can declare someone else mentally unstable.

I’m sure the guy who killed 26 people in a church in Texas with an assault rifle is disturbed but isn’t anyone who has to overcompensate by owning a rapid-fire weapon kinda messed up? And, for you gun-nuts who claim there are no such things as an “assault” rifle, yes there are. The only purpose for an AR-15 is to kill people.

But, let’s focus on Trump’s argument that this is about mental health and not a problem with guns. With that being the case, what are you going to do about it? Oh, yeah. Not a damn thing. They haven’t done anything about bump stocks yet. Still, too soon?

One of Trump’s first acts as president was signing a bill revoking Obama-era gun checks for people with mental illnesses. So, President Dipshit…if mental health is the issue then why are you making it easier for them to purchase assault rifles?

When a brown guy kills eight people by running them down in a rental truck, we got immediate proposals from Trump. Let’s ban Muslims from specific nations. Let’s do extreme vetting. Let’s have law enforcement stalk mosques. Let’s ship them off to Guantanamo and then give them the death penalty. But, a white guy shoots up a church or a concert in Las Vegas, and Republicans can only offer thoughts and prayers. In case you haven’t noticed, the last shooting was in a church full of thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers are a nice gesture, but they’re empty gestures.

The thing about the gun nuts that can drive me crazy is their reaction to shootings. Each and every single time this happens their first concern is for the guns, not the victims. The gun culture lacks empathy.

Right now, the narrative is about the guy who shot at the shooter with his own AR-15. They credit him for preventing more deaths. The problem with that narrative is it’s not accurate. The shooter had spent all of his ammunition killing 26 people, which the “good guy with a gun” didn’t prevent. The one question not being asked is: Instead of chasing the shooter down, why didn’t the good guy go inside the church to see if he could save anyone from bleeding to death? Was that not macho enough?

Now, I’m hearing people boast how they’re taking their guns to church and everyone who prays with them will be safe. Not if a shooter shoots you first, asshole. People who boast about that on the internet aren’t the kind of people who want packing assault rifles where you take your children. First, they want macho points for having a gun. Second, you’re just supposed to trust that they’ll know how to respond to an incident. If Texas is an example, they get there right after 26 people are dead.

More guns are not the answer. We don’t just need reinforced background checks. We need to get assault weapons out of the hands of killers and wannabee Rambos.

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