Living in Denial (the Nile)
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Humans have the tendency to divide the world into Us vs Them, and we Americans lump anyone with a mental health issue as Them. We ignore Them; we pay extraordinary amounts of money to keep Them in prison; we donate food to homeless shelters for Them. But we don't want to talk about Them. We don't want to pay for therapy for Them, even if that would be cheaper than prison. We don't want to talk about Them or even acknowledge that anyone who is Them might be a wonderful human being with regular issues, just like Us.
Then we react with horror when one of Them responds to our treatment of Them with violence. But instead of accepting our responsibilities in the matter, we look for anything else to blame. In this case, the blame is falling on guns.
I find this annoying, to say the least. When a person runs a stop sign and causes a car accident, we don't blame the car or the stop sign. We hold the person accountable for their actions. When a kid spills a glass of milk, we don't blame the milk for spilling or the glass for being unstable. We hold the kid responsible for the accident and have the kid clean up the mess. So why do we blame guns when a person chooses to shot other people?
Because it's easier to blame the gun than the person. Because we want to live like Egyptian crocodiles and pretend that getting rid of guns will solve all the ills of the nation.
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