I don’t understand the American obsession with guns or the logic that says I need a gun to protect myself … against someone else with a gun. Other parts of the world get along fine without a proliferation of arms. America seems to be affected by a mass paranoia aimed at fellow citizens and “the government,” which ironically are one and the same.
I firmly believe that the Constitution does not and never did provide the right for every individual to carry a gun, nor prevent it for that matter, but in fact, speaks to only the formation of a militia and the necessity for its members in the context of the 18th century to carry guns. There is evidence to support that and also legal rulings in the past support it.
But even that is not the issue as I see it. The PC response to every shooting tragedy is the same; control guns. While far more stringent background checks is desirable, as they say; guns don’t kill people, people kill people. So what is the real problem? It’s people is it not?
So how do we fix people and prevent them from becoming mass murders using a gun or any other means? Isn’t the answer, although perhaps not the means, quite clear?
Something like the following appears to be on the right track.
The next time you hear a politician chatter about gun control, ask him or her what they intend to do about the sick person on the other end of the gun.
We all know how this plays out in Congress: a moment of silence on the House floor and a fraternal feeling of melancholy when the flag over the Capitol is lowered to half-staff. But that moment of silence will not heal the hearts of those who lost a loved one, and it will not stop the next tragedy. Here and now we need action; we need real change.
That’s why I’ve authored the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. The bill focuses resources and reform where they are most needed: to foster evidence-based care, fix the shortage of psychiatric hospital beds, empower patients and caregivers under HIPAA privacy laws, and help patients get treatment well before their illness spirals into crisis.
WSJ OPINION. Mr. Murphy, a Republican, is a U.S. representative from Pennsylvania and a psychologist in the Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps.