Framing the Dialogue

I Am Adam’s Mother

As the inevitable debate begins about how best to implement more gun control I express hope that the more critical issue of mental health finds its way to the forefront of the dialogue.  After the tragic murders in Connecticut it is a hard position to take defending our Second Amendment rights.  I have little doubt that wafflely politicians will take the easy way out and pass some meaningless gun control law that won’t stand up to Constitutional scrutiny.  They whine and gnash their teeth that they “tried” and grumble about “activists” on the court.

My daughter forwarded an interesting article to me this morning.  It was written by mother of a mentally ill young man; perhaps a young man very much like Adam Lanza was.  The article is stunning and you need to read it at the link below;

‘I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother’: A Mom’s Perspective On The Mental Illness Conversation In America

“I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.

A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. His 7 and 9 year old siblings knew the safety plan — they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me.”

The dialogue can be about guns, but it must be about mental health and how to handle the Adams of the world.  This mother’s son didn’t have a gun, but his intent was clear.  We cannot murder-proof the country like new parent child-proof their houses.  I happen to be reading a book about a famous murder where a bomb was locked around the neck of the pizza delivery man as they compelled him to rob a bank.  The robbery was foiled and the man was killed.  There is little doubt that the people behind the plot should have been institutionalized.

Be it a bomb or a gun or a bow or a knife people with murderous intent will find a way to kill.  We need to find a way that prevents more of the same.  I am frankly ill when we have these tragedies only to find out that there were signs; there were many many signs.  Warnings that went unheeded mostly because we as a society care more about the individual rights of a dangerous person than the lives of, in this case, twenty little angels.

I only hope that if I am confronted by a crazy person with malice intent I have the hardware necessary to send him to his maker before he sends me.  I have no doubt that bad people will arm themselves and I hope to be able to legally do the same.

Again, please click on the blue link and read the entire story.  You owe it to  yourself.

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