Straight Up with Sherri

Friday, August 05, 2005

It's NOT the GUNS, it's US!

America has gone INSANE. Too many Americans are losing perspective. Most of us have good intentions, we just want to find a way to avoid tragedy. Where things get mucky is when we start debating and implementing certain ideas on HOW to do this.

First, let's take GUNS. GUNS don't kill. SUV's don't kill. Box cutters don't kill. PEOPLE KILL! This story is a perfect example of the kind of story that sparks debate over gun control:

Man Holding Daughter Killed in Road Rage

BROCKTON, Mass. -- A man lifting his infant daughter out of his car was killed in an apparent case of road rage by a motorist "who obviously exploded" and shot him four times at close range in front of dozens of witnesses, authorities said.

The victim's 10-month-old girl was covered with blood but uninjured when police found her in a car seat on the floor of the vehicle.

Walter R. Bishop, 60, who was taking medication for depression, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Sandro Andrade. He pleaded innocent and was ordered held without bail; a hearing was scheduled for Aug. 26....

The other debate topic in this article is the whole medication issue. Lovely how we just want to shove personal responsibility under the rug all the time. Drugs, alcohol, a cheating husband, the dog told me, etc- IT'S NEVER MY FAULT! BOLOGNI!

I will certainly concede that putting a 60 yr old man on medication sets off alarms. I have found in some of my research for other topics, that physicians often don't take into account how an elderly body processes these drugs differently than say a man in his thirties. That being said, "TOO BAD!" Any one who CHOOSES a GUN as the way to deal with anger over a TRAFFIC INCIDENT DOESN'T NEED TO BE LOOSE ON THE STREET!


  • Don't Forget the woman who drowned her kids in the bathtub! WE MUST BAN BATHTUBS TOO!

    By Blogger KC, at 12:12 PM  

  • People in our current time have too many excuses to fall back on when they make a mistake. Temporary insanity, postpardom depression, and ect. are all excuses for a crime that the person chose to commit. I dont care if the man is 90 years old, murder is murder regardless of what medication you are on or how "
    insane" you are at the moment. I dont agree with these excuses for not taking responsibility


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 AM  

  • This is really becoming a problem today. We were talking about this subject in my sociology class. Doctors today are medicalizing everything that happens to a person. People with rage problems are said to have a disability so they cant be discrimiated against or held responsible for their actions. Everything is not a disability or medical problem. This is only taking responsibility away from the person and giving him excuses to run wild in the world. It is time for us to take this responsibility back into our own hands and hold everyone accountable for what he or she does


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:46 AM  

  • We have to understand that these conditions do exist and they do influence the severity of the situation. If I'm taking zoloft and it has a tendency to influence thoughts of suicide, and I nearly kill myself, isn't that reason for concern?-D.R. 6868

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:46 PM  

  • In reading other comments, I don't think that this is a disability or some kind of illness. I think that this is a case of "reacting" before "thinking." People try to label a person with a mental disorder evertime a crime is committed when it was really the person carelessness and not thinking about the situation. This is just crazy.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:33 PM  

  • It seems to be an epidemic. Everyone has an excuse as to why they lost it for a few minutes or long enough to commit a crime. Do people with these issues and on medication take the drugs to get better or as a crutch for their actions? Or does the medication really cause the person to lose it? I have a friend who was driving home with her child in the car and a guy claimed she cut him off, he chased her, hit her car into he pushed into the ditch, and tried to attack her. My point is should he get a lesser sentence because he was not on medication.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:45 AM  

  • We must blame the justice system for allowing people to get away with using these ridiculous excuses.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:06 AM  

  • People have a thousand excuses for everything they do. It is time for people to take responsibility for the things they do instead of blaming it on medicine, religion, and other things. I feel that if you are well a nuff to tell the reason you did some thing, you are able to know what you are doing. (TB8068)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:33 PM  

  • I strongly agree with the article where it mentions that a person who uses guns for dealing with anger does not need be set lose on the roads. This sort of a pretext is no excuse for an insane act like that. G.S.4509

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:14 AM  

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