As many of us know a tragedy happened in a small town in Connecticut and it involved a person entering a school and shooting both teachers and students. My heart goes out to all of the people that are suffering because of this one person that may or may not have had mental problems and felt the need to take them out on his mother and the students at that school. Due to this tragedy many people are going to be calling for stricter gun laws and I would agree that there exists a need for some sort of check to make sure the people buying firearms are able to handle them responsibly. However, the problem with any sort of gun control is that if a criminal wants a firearm badly enough they will get one and there is nothing that anyone can do about that.
Every time something happens that involves firearms being used there are people that immediately cry out for stricter gun control and while I am not against gun control it only makes the law abiding citizen jump through more hoops to legally obtain a firearm. While I understand that anyone can snap and have a mental breakdown at any time, it generally takes some significant event to make that person finally snap and give up on life and that is why it is important for people that might think someone is having an issue to help that person get help. Unfortunately since mental health programs are getting cut from budgets and people that have no business being out wondering on the streets.
As governmental agencies at both the state and federal level have felt the budget crunch it has made some states look at privatizing mental health service and while that might be a good thing as far as the budget is concerned it can be a bad thing for the people that need the help. If a person stops and thinks about it companies are out to make a profit so they are going to figure exactly how long it is profitable to keep someone in their program and they will begin kicking as many people out at the point as they possibly can whether they need more help or not. Maybe instead of worrying about stricter gun laws the government should focus on actually funding community mental health programs.
When it comes right down to it the gun control laws can become stricter and it will make it more difficult to obtain a firearm however, if a person wants something they will still find a way to accomplish it and there is nothing the government or anyone else can do about it. However, I do feel that there should be some sort of mental health database for the people that have issues so that they cannot walk it a gun store and purchase a firearm of any type. The problem becomes with a government that is constantly cutting the budgets of mental health facilities and then expecting them to continue to operate effectively. While the government needs to look into creating a database of people with mental problems that cannot handle the responsibility that comes from possessing a firearm, they really need to start actually funding the mental health programs that can help keep people from harming anyone.