<sarcasm>Yep, guns are the problem. As long as they're around, people are going to be getting killed left and right.Lets ban them or make them
hard to get. But they aren't the only thing we should be afraid of...</sarcasm>
Maybe they should move to ban detergent, adhesive remover, paint remover, chlorine bleach, chlorine pool tablets, ammonia, automotive battery acid,
pesticides, lawn fertilizer, gasoline, motor oil, and a few other common household chemicals. Somebody with the right chemistry knowledge could use
them to make explosives or some really nasty chemicals with a lot more potential to kill or maim a lot of people than some nutter with a gun.
(If you don't believe me, go look it up for yourself. Read on how nitric acid can be made and its derived compounds, or some articles about chemicals
used in chemical warfare in WWI and their effects. Then realize what they're made of, and how it's not as complicated as most people think. It's
So far there hasn't been any chemists with mental issues that have problems with society, but there still a chance that it could occur. Therefore we
should ban or heavily restrict access to the things they could use to cause great harm as a preventative measure in order to protect the children.
Honestly though... If things are used responsibly and kept in responsible hands, there are no problems.
Even with guns, the majority of people that own them or otherwise have them in their posession aren't going around randomly shooting people and
causing mass havoc.
The real problem is how society puts the blinders on in regards to people most likely to cause problems. What society needs to do is see that people
with mental issues get the help they need before they flip out. Pricing people out of the help they need, marginalizing them, and not taking prior
attempts of friends or family trying to help people with psychological problems seriously is a big one. Being "PC" and saying "oh, he's just like
that" doesn't help anything either. Drugging them up or locking them away isn't always the fix, sometimes it's counciling and therapy that they
really need to get through their moments while allowing them to remain productive within society. Not everyone finds it easy to make friends, and
those that feel like they're being [snip] on all the time may really need somebody to talk to in order to vent. Having mental health covered as a
basic human need seems like something that a government should consider in order to prevent these kind of episodes.