The recent and tragic event in Newtown, Connecticut has once again showed American citizens that this issue with mental illness in this country should be taken very seriously.
And that it is extremely important to understand the person behind this tragedy more than the gun issue or laws. There are far too many complicated situations to consider however, why not take a look at the life of an average America citizen?
In my own perception, I see that many American families "look" like they are close to one another but in reality, it is not really like so. They do have issues. To begin with, many American kids do not respect their parents, especially their mothers.
In a way, the laws protect the children and allow them to behave that way taking away the parents rights and authority over their kids. But the fact that a mother would "accept" her own child to call her "bitch" and other "names" and yell and scream at her shows how out of control the situation is.
These days there are kids who are born with an iPhone and a Facebook profile. They are given absolutely anything they want and ask for and when they don't get it, they threaten, etc. because they have absolutely no respect for their parents and/or other adults.
But that is one of the parts of the issue. Another part would be how some religious kids and even no religious might be brought up, how they might be taught that everything is a taboo. Like they are kept in this bubble where they are not able to go out in public and express their true feelings. For instance to feel free to be attracted to whoever he or she is attracted to without the "interracial" and all other separation issues this country lives in. How it's a bad thing to see a boob exposed, like Janet Jackson's this one time.
It seems like an average American child is born, knows he has to go to school, is sent out of the parents house to be on his/her own when he/she's 17 or 18 or college age and then graduates, gets a job, gets married and work his/her whole life to save money to then have fun when he/she retires.
Or he/she goes into the military...then become a veteran, with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) aka a mental health issue.
Unless an American gets sent out of the country on a religious mission, or with the military, or college exchange, work assignment that person will never know or understand that there is a whole world of amazing and different things and people out there. It's a fact that many Americans have never left their hometown and that those who have been overseas, have a better view of life, people and the world as well as more appreciation for everything the Unites States is as a country.
I see Americans are very patriotic but at the same time live in terror, fear of being attacked and don't trust anyone and maybe every other 6 months a new bunch of soldiers, or Marines are sent out to the middle east to "protect our country".
Why does the United States of America have so many people with mental health issues?
Maybe because America is the poor little rich kid that has absolutely everything he wants but is extremely unhappy, unloved and lonely.
Maybe Americans should finally recognize that mental illness is a real problem in this country, take a close look at what is causing it and take strides to come up with solutions to people that could turn out to be like Adam Lanza from the Connecticut shooting, James Eagan Holmes from the Aurora shooting in Colorado, and Nidal Malik Hasan from the Fort Hood shooting in Kileen, Texas and others.
Perhaps, America needs more love, a whole bunch of love and friends everywhere, make peace with the rest of the world and not war and trust more, be more open and accepting.
America does have freedom but isn't this freedom coming with the sacrificing of way too many lives?