Hearing so much about gun control, as we all are. I am passionate about mental health which leads my thoughts to responsible behavior and understanding risk involved in all the things, we as people, enjoy doing. Without a doubt, in my mind, only people healthy enough and capable enough should own guns. Whichever way it is that our government decides for that to come to fruition, it is ultimately for the betterment of our society and to prevent future tragedies, shootings, massacres, etc.
This whole risk/responsibility thing brought me to thinking about all the things that deserve a high amount of responsibility, mental awareness, and health. Well, here are 3 (some stats included):
1. Driving- we need a license, written tests, registered vehicles, insurance
Risks: possibly injuring or killing someone while driving.
(2,217,000 injured by motor accidents in 2009- 33,808 dead occupants, 4,872 dead pedestrians, bike riders from motor accidents in 2009)
2. Drinking- we must be a certain age. That’s about it… Even that has loopholes AKA high school and college parties. You know…
Risks: In excess, drinking can lead to illness and death- immediate or eventual.
(2.5 million people die each year from alcohol-related causes. More than AIDS and TB)
3. Parenting- no pre-requisite or restricitions. Easy as just having sex, sometimes.
Risks: pregnancy can be risky to mother and fetus depending on health and pretty much you are responsible for another human life. Hey, kind of like those other things above…
(1,560 children died from child abuse and neglect in 2010)
Ok, so I say this to point out deaths that occur due to irresponsible behavior. Well, the saddest to me is those involving innocent children. Honestly, this all pointed to procreation for me.
Why is it that any old body can have kids even if they are unfit? Now don’t get me wrong, I am not into politics and regulating everything but how do you reach billions of people in the world who can at any point become parents and be potentially terrible parents?? Suggestions? Thoughts? I don’t have answers but I wonder what might be a reasonable solution.
It upsets me everyday to see mothers that have baby after baby with no support, no education, no job AND ARE STRESSED OUT AND OVERWHELMED by the demands of caring for even one let alone 8 kids. Sheesh!! Murderers can have children, drug addicts can have children, child molesters have children.
Look this is what I do everyday- just hope to make one family at a time a little bit more stable, educated, and loving. It still makes me wonder, though. “Why is it okay for you to keep having kids?”
I won’t rant today. Just some food for thought and I rest my case that everything in life requires responsible behavior and understanding of risk.
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