Alyssa Anderson, Fargo, Published May 29 2013
Letter: Gun violence is from anyoneI am so sick and tired of senators, congressmen, local representatives and residents all over the United States saying this shameful, disgusting, not to mention stigmatizing and almost borderline bigot phrase: “Gun law is really about controlling the mentally ill and those with mental illness – they are the dangerous ones.”
Shame on all of you. As a person with mental illness (anxiety and depression) who is far from alone in this country, I know that the mental health system has a long, long way to go in helping those in need and those who feel they have nowhere to turn. Teens and young adults ages 18-25 commit suicide every day because they feel lost, alone and too scared to get help.
Hearing “mentally ill people are really the ones causing gun violence – they are the ones shooting up a theater or a school” is not going to make them want to get help. We are not insane. These psychopaths are insane, and their blood sucking lawyers use “mentally ill” as a way to get out of the death penalty or life sentence.
Do those who have a mental illness – the thousands, millions who do not shoot anyone – a favor and stop using that horrible phrase, which is really a cover for the truth. Guns kill people and people of all kinds of crazy kill people. Mentally ill is not crazy, it’s a cry for help, so help us.