There is a considerable amount of rhetoric being espoused concerning the need of mental health funding to potentially help those that have or plan to execute a mass shooting.
I want to begin by saying that I do absolutely agree that there is a need for mental health funding to increase in this nation and for it to be considered as important as physical health. However, I truly don't believe this will stave off future mass shootings.
Most, if not all, of these shootings have been executed by loners. That is, people that society has forgotten. I do occasionally identify with that last comment. I went from being BMOC to locked in a room in my abode. Most days, not even able to go outside of the house for fear that I will get stranded in my own back yard.
Thank God for my mother-in-law, my neighbors, my church congregation and my on-line friends...can't forget my dogs. If it weren't for them, I would never have contact with humans. As it is, I only see the congregation when I can attend a church service.
The animal that shot up Las Vegas, and the idiot that shot up Parkland, were both forgotten by family, friends and society. There was no one that "checked-up" on these people.
You may say that it's no one's responsibility to "check-up" on these people, and that is the point I'm trying to make.
If these people are truly nut-jobs, then they will not seek mental health. They will either not know they are crazy, or they will thrive in their narcissism. Either way, they won't seek help.
So, if you don't have anyone close to these animals to check-up on them and they don't seek help for themselves, then how is a state-of-the-art mental-health facility going to stop them.
In the military, they taught us how to be aware of your surroundings. To trust your fear instinct and embrace it. Your fear instinct will save your life.
We need to talk to people in our proximity and find out they are ok. If they are not, then we need to defend ourselves. An excellent, no-violent defense is to leave the area of the person, or get security to remove them from our proximity. Of course, there is a variety of more intrusive methods of defense. All of them are up to us to learn and employ.
We cannot expect a third party to defend ourselves. We must think smart and employ methods that keep ourselves safe.
Schools are not secure facilities by design. Do we rebuild them as prisons? No, because they will still have security flaws that a determined mind can penetrate.
My solution is to have a uniformed, armed police officer on every schools' grounds. For larger schools, more than one will be needed.
Leave security to those who are professionally qualified to take extreme measures. If they are not badged and bonded to carry, then they don't need weapons around children.
Thanks for reading,
Jay C. "Jazzy_J" Theriot