Episode 4 – The Courage to Rethink

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  1. Please leave comments if you have positive suggestions.

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  2. Another excellent discussion about a very complex issue.

    The discussion about enhanced background checks is needed but it can be a smokescreen about people with “mental health” issues. First, it stigmatizes that vulnerable group of people who we want to seek help. Second, for a person to be on most “no-buy” lists because of their “mental health” background that person would have had to be either involuntarily hospitalized or adjudicated by a judge and declared mentally incompetent. Of course that is only a narrow slice of the population falling under the broad umbrella of having “mental health” issues. Third, in far too many situations people who need professional mental health treatment to keep them from getting worse have access to purchase guns but don’t have access to the medical insurance that would allow them access to mental health professional services and medicines.

    You have “nailed” the larger issue in naming it as a failure of “loving as we have been loved.” There are people who are difficult to love and some have difficulty receiving love offered but failing to have loving family, community, teachers, neighbors is toxic. Add to that the shaming that children and young adults are exposed to by people who could have shown love is deeply wounding. “No one can shame you more than someone from whom you expect to receive love.” – Louis Smedes

    There are well meaning people on all sides of this debate. And there are larger economic forces at work as well. I learned long ago that when a problem that could be solved isn’t, is us usually because too much money is being made in it not being solved. Blessings

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    1. Dr. Paul, thank you for your input to this discussion.

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