President Obama, upon commenting on the horrific Oregon mass shooting, said this:
"But we are not the only country on Earth who has people with mental illnesses who want to do harm to other people," he said. "We are the only advanced country on Earth who sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months."
Dear Mr President: you are leaving out one critical fact. We are also the only advanced country on Earth that has a unique Constitution which includes the Bill of Rights, a Bill of Rights which, as part of our founding document, guarantees certain rights and freedoms, among those are the right to bear arms. It is the Second Amendment. The exact wording is: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Here's a news flash: America is NOT like other advanced (or unadvanced) countries. We are unique. In part, this uniqueness is due to the fact that we have a unique Constitution, a Constitution which safeguards the rights of citizens ... a Constitution which safeguards the rights of citizens AGAINST their government. These safeguards include the Right To Bear Arms, which shall not be infringed upon. Like many other parts of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you, and your liberal cronies, choose to ignore this. And frankly, we, the people, are fed up!
This mass shooting at a school in Oregon once again raises the question: should America be a country where mentally ill people who wish to harm others have more rights and protection than the people they harm?
Obviously, people who undertake mass shootings are not well mentally and emotionally. They are a danger to society. But preventing mass shootings is a MENTAL HEALTH issue, an issue of preventative mental health intervention. How to stop the mass violence -- BEFORE it occurs. That is the real issue -- not a misguided attempt at controlling "how" someone harms others.
And, for the record, I am not a member of the NRA, and I am not a Republican. I am an American.