Living here in Ireland where the only people who have guns are the police and those licensed as needing them in agriculture plus the criminals of course, it shocks me how easy it is to have a gun in the States. On my frequent travels, I have always been struck by the range of places that sell guns and the ease with which u can get them. Never in Ireland or indeed Europe and we, thankfully, have nothing like the frequency of horrendous killing events reported in USA. In this particular case, the pain and suffering of all concerned is unfathomable but it is so clear, that this young man was extremely unwell. Yet, the media for months has been reporting the huge objection to your Health Care Bill which is the beginning surely, of insuring a decent health service for all. Why did his college not refer for mental health assessment and treatment as opposed to saying ur out till mentally cleared to return. Is this not the glass half full philosophy. Had the college had a focus on the students needs rather than the college needs, arguably, this guy would have been diagnosed and treated and this awful event would have been avoided. What I'm suggesting is that, schools and college's concerned about the threat posed by any student, should be mandated to do an assessment to inform clinical need, rather than simply suspending and leaving the onus on a vulnerable individual or family.
U have a wonderful country and events such as this are so bloody awful but one can't help wondering why such a fantastic country can leave a young man like this without assessment; diagnosis and treatment throughout his time in school as I believe this event was avoidable. Meds work; care and love protect, come on America-this was avoidable on so many levels.
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