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You're absolutely right! The mental institutions, or insane asylums, should have been cleaned up, not closed down.
As we may recall, the institutions (state hospitals) were closed as a financial government cut-back. Likewise, the mentally ill being held for non-violent crimes within correctional facilities were also released. Basically, our own government created the first wave of the homeless living on our streets (in the alleys). Many comitted more violent crimes for the purpose of being incarcerated again to have medical care, a warm place to sleep, and three meals a day.
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With that being said, gun-control laws are at an all time high and have not resolved our problems with gun violence.
Bush not renewing the ban on "assault type weapons" had nothing to do with today's carnage?
Trump rolling back background checks had nothing to do with today's carnage?
Trumps public comments and rantings have nothing to do with today's carnage?
There are lots of reason for today's carnage, Trump is not helping the situation.
We may realize we are all simply dancing around the real issue.
What was at the root of the assault weapons ban was the definition of an assault weapon vs.the outward appearance of the weapon. Hence, is it a military automatic weapon, or a similar looking weapon as a semi-automatic? An error in definition can cause an honest person to be labeled a criminal.
It is hoped we can rise above emotions and apply definitive information to our laws.
Likewise, whether an elected official, or a citizen at the grass roots level, we are in need of a greater amount of intelligence than mere emotional outbursts.
Having worked with the mentally ill, mockery does not assist any solutions toward a normalcy of behavior.
We have more than enough gun laws. A person intent upon an action that exceeds the realm of common sense is not concerned with laws. Laws will never stop the carnage we are witnessing.
We need to eliminate mental illness and agree on the right path of moral integrity for all mankind.
Can impossible goals be achieved? Yes, as nothing (no thing) is impossible. It just takes longer to achieve the impossible dream.
When it comes to changing the behavior of the human race, we will be altered by a greater civilization of intelligent beings. The crisis apparent in our society has taken us closer to chaos and extinction than ever before.
For human beings to be accepted as participants in a greater sphere of the universe, we need to be assisted in our evolution. With, or without our pemission, our destiny will be made manifest.