Improving mental health will reduce gun violence

We are all struggling to do something to help in light of Newtown and other preceding events. Today, there is fear. Is this issue about gun control? No. It’s about the mentally ill. A picture is worth a thousand words. Hollywood movies and video games feed our kids’ vulnerable minds with alternative ideas about how to vent their frustrations and gain power. First Amendment issue? No. We need common sense, we need parents who care. We need change, but it’s not about firearms.

This is really about disinterested parents who are so busy they don’t notice the damaging actions their children are learning from video game baby sitters. America’s mental health care is ignored. Ask Sen. Dianne Feinstein to focus her energy on improving mental health policies. If we put bulletproof windows and doors in every school, and armed guards, too, we would have to pray that some maniac won’t just drive his car through the front of the building and emerge shooting.

There are no guarantees, but one. If you take away the equal rights of the citizen and the government to own the same firearms, you rip the roots away that this country was founded on. Without roots, nothing survives. But here we are with the media saying we need more gun control. We have 28,000 gun laws now. Thinking gun control is the issue is a knee-jerk reaction. We all want to help make this better, but it’s a much deeper and more basic issue.

David L. Barus

East Aurora