Welcome back for what was supposed to be an upbeat post wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. But, we’re in the U.S. during one of the most trying eras in our history. I generally purposefully maneuver around more serious news and keep it light. I can’t. Not again.
Seventeen people died today. More kids. Parents who should never have to bury their children are finding out now that they have to plan a funeral. Think about that. Really think about that.
This. Is. Wrong.
I will not debate what has led us to a place where we’ve had eight shootings since the beginning of the year. I just want to say that we have to do better. No matter where it began and what led us to this place, we have to do something differently. We’ve lost more than seventeen lives, we’ve lost what they and all others who passed before them would have added to our world. We have given it away by our inaction.
This has to stop.
Mental health has to be taken seriously, yet it is not. The healthcare industry separates body parts to make money. Just having dental insurance is priced beyond what most Americans can afford. My point is that if the healthcare industry can’t make a profit they will over look mental health. If they can’t order expensive tests for mental health evaluations and make a profit on it they ignore it. If it isn’t covered no one can afford it. To get in the door you have to prove you are having an issue. How many people will admit to that ?…a person having a problem doesn’t see the problem. And everyone else- including doctors- look the other way.
We put our healthcare in the hands of people who profit from us staying sick. Mental health – they would have to be responsible and sympathetic; I have never heard an insurance company being called sympathetic.
There is a lot wrong with health care, but there are so many components that need a good, honest conversation and action. This CANNOT keep happening to our kids.
So very tragic. What is wrong with people these days? Why are so many mentally unbalanced and where do they get those types of firearms? That kid yesterday was a known threat but it still didn’t stop it.
Definitely a scary problem. We need to stop isolating ourselves in our respective corners and get real about changes we can agree on. This CANNOT keep happening.