NOT EVEN ONE MORE
The SHOOTING that shattered the University of Santa Barbara
Three University students at Santa Barbara were the first victims of the killing that started suddenly one Friday night. Police stated that Elliot Rodger shot three people fatally. The report states that he repeatedly sent a manifesto to his parents outlining his plans before this tragic event. A family friend told CNN that 22-year-old Rodger emailed a 141 page document explaining his motives to a few dozen people including his parents and a therapist, referring to his plans as ‘a day of retribution when he’d torture and kill good looking people,’ before launching a war on women to punish girls and women who he stated, had ‘starved him of sex.’ His manifesto also discussed his parents’ divorce as well as his unhappiness with his height. Then he took his own life.
His mother watched the clip he’d posted on You Tube, called Elliot’s father and then called 911. They both headed toward Santa Barbara and heard the news of the shooting en route. The family’s attorney stated that Elliot Rodger had been treated by multiple therapists.
JOURNALISTS reported the tragedy in various ways and here are a couple of them:-
Psycho-virgin killer makes sick video before Santa Barbara killing.
A father slams US Gun Lobby over death of his son in Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara shooting spree.
“Elliot Rodgers was probably mentally ill but what about the insanity of gun laws in the USA? Politicians talk about gun rights but it was MY son that was killed. What about his right to live? When will sufficient people in the United States say; STOP THIS MADNESS? Too many innocent people have died this way. What should we be saying? NOT EVEN ONE MORE!” said the father of a victim.
But, if there were less arms and ammunition in the world, more stringent gun laws, would there be much less violence? Take a look at what is happening in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and Kenya for example. Where did all those weapons come from?
I’d always thought that the safety of a country’s citizens was the priority of its government.
In America, under the Brady Act, no one can have a gun for personal or business use if that person has:-
Been convicted of a crime punishable by being in prison for more than a year.
Is a fugitive from justice.
Is addicted to, or illegally using any controlled substance.
Has been ruled mentally defective by a court of law or has been committed to a psychiatric institution.
But what does insane really mean? Sanity refers to the soundness, rationality and health of the human mind, as opposed to insanity. Sanity is something I took for granted until my son was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Mental illness is not caused in any way by bad parenting. No one can cause mental illness. Every parent should know this most important fact. I repeat:
PARENTS CANNOT CAUSE MENTAL ILLNESS.
EVEN BAD PARENTING CANNOT CAUSE MENTAL ILLNESS.
This addendum is meant for every single parent out there.