“Routinely blaming mass shootings on mental illness is unfounded and stigmatizing,” read a statement the APA issued on Aug. 4, after the Dayton tragedy. “The rates of mental illness are roughly the same around the world, yet other countries are not experiencing these traumatic events as often as we face them. One critical factor is access to, and the lethality of, the weapons that are being used in these crimes. Adding racism, intolerance and bigotry to the mix is a recipe for disaster.”
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I have had three terrifying, PTSD-inducing experiences with gun violence. In one of those incidents, I literally wrestled a gun out of the hands of a violent man. This happened just two weeks after I had given birth to my daughter. My “super human strength” was fueled by my maternal instinct. I did it to save the lives of my children.
The last time I was exposed to gun violence, a young mother ended up dead. My daughter, who was thirteen at the time, witnessed the shooting. I arrived on the murder scene a few minutes later. It was beyond horrifying. And no, mental illness was not involved. The woman’s husband, an active duty Naval officer, was having an affair. He did not want to have to give up anything in a divorce, so he hired a hit man. Greed and lust, not mental illness, pulled that trigger.
Comments are closed on this post, because I am sooooo not in the mood to argue with gun lovers today. I am a Christian believer. And I believe that my life is in God’s hands. I have witnessed the amazing, miraculous protection of the Lord when my life, along with the lives of my three children, were threatened. I did not need a gun to protect us. It was awesome!
Thank you for stopping by. Love is all we need — and the God I believe in and serve is a God of LOVE.