Promote Mental Wellness in Response to Sandy Hook Shootings
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Promote Mental Wellness in Response to Sandy Hook Shootings

    1. Vanessa Gonzalez
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      Vanessa Gonzalez

      Berwyn, IL

Do Not Bother With Gun Control: Promote Mental Wellness in Response to Sandy Hook Shootings

I am starting this petition as a citizen concerned with the troubling trend of assumed mentally ill persons acting out in ways to harm either themselves or others, as in the most recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. I have heard many bitter responses in regards to the use of guns and proposals for stricter gun control, but the fact remains that “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Though this quote can seem to be overused, the message that it aims to teach still rings true. I believe that our goal should not be one of waging war on gun laws and rights. This only further polarizes the people of this great country and promotes conflict between those who oppose and those who agree. A consensus on such an issue, as with all important issues, will be very difficult to achieve.

Why not then perceive the issue from a different (and undoubtedly commonsensical) view?

We need to promote the mental wellness of our American citizens and especially cater to the mental wellness of our youth. There needs to be absolute clarity in the distinctions between right and wrong— a wholly impossible task for those who are not of their “right” mind.

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informs us that “studies report that about 25% of all U.S. adults have a mental illness and that nearly 50% of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime”*, it is a call to action. The appropriate response would be to nurture the mental wellness of our general public. We can do this by making mental health a priority in this country. We should facilitate promotion of this idea and make such resources more widely available.

Although I agree that it is not the explicit responsibility of our government to provide such resources, it is the moral responsibility of each individual in a government position to care for the well-being of those that they aim to serve. It cannot be denied that this solution both sidesteps the conflicting opinions of gun control and offers an alternative that is beneficial to all. If the problem of responsibility is something that you still contend with, it might do well to remember that it was not the explicit responsibility of those brilliant American thinkers who wrote the Constitution of the United States to do so. They did so, nevertheless, out of a love for our people and with the belief that doing so would be for the greater good. My intentions with this petition are the same.

After all, if we are all free to be in the pursuit of happiness, is that not synonymous to a common pursuit of well-being?

Thank you for your time.

Vanessa M. Gonzalez

(Please visit this site for more information on the CDC’s views on why monitoring mental illness is important and for facts on the prevalence of mental illness in our society.)

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    Reasons for signing

    • Linda Espino BERWYN, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because once we get to the root of the problem all these issues can really be solved and the senseless violence can end.

    • Gabrielle Reardon MARIETTA, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have depression and anxiety. I would never have known this unless I had spoken to my mother, a fellow sufferer of depression. While we make sure everyone knows what heart attacks are like or how to maintain physical health, the mental sphere is missing from our education. It is just as important to be mentally strong as it is to be physically. Sometimes some people need help, whether it be medication or someone to talk to. Remove the stigma. Educate people as to the mental illnesses out there. Provide those with these issues the support they need. Sometimes it is just knowing someone cares that keeps someone from killing themselves or others. Most of us are not violent, but we still deserve help and support as well.

    • James Noble OLNEY, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have a son with Autism, and it is INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT to find the treatment for him, and seriously frustrating working with the County, and State bureaucracy just to get him the services that he is entitled. This is real people.


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