*Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to the letter written by Craig Bischof, published Dec. 28, titled “An epidemic of gun violence.”
Where is the outrage for the lack of treatment for those who suffer from mental illness. Is there a follow up opinion on that, or are you going to continue to blame the gun. Just read a domestic violence case in the Lake Sun. It appears that an individual attacked his wife with a knife [published Dec. 27]. I heard on the news in Springfield where another individual "stabbed" someone with a knife.
Should we stop the violence and ban knives. Obviously they can be used for violence. Or maybe we can recognize the problem that the gun did not create. We have ignored mental health in America.
It is still in the closet and at times it escapes and rears its ugly head and people are hurt, injured or killed. We go after the symptom and never the cure. We think that people should just get help or magically snap their fingers and start thinking right, and are shocked when it doesn't happen.
Neither of the individuals you referenced in America could legally own a gun. They did not get them through legal channels. In fact, it would appear that they killed to get them.
We can ban guns, but if a person who suffers from a delusional thoughts as found with mental illness can't get a gun maybe he will resort to using a knife. Maybe he will decide to create bombs, or drive a car through a crowd.
The issue that needs to be addressed is mental illness. It needs to be acknowledged as a real medical disorder.
We need to understand that individuals that have mental disorders most time cannot function properly in a job and have no access to insurance or the money to pay.
We as a society need to change laws that will help not hinder a family from helping their family member to receive treatment.
Mental illness is not a "new" thing but it is one thing that has been consistently ignored, from year to year. Then when the unthinkable happens we want to blame the weapon that was used instead the real problem.