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Just a Thought - Make psychology classes mandatory
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The population is full of people who cannot process their feelings and cannot communicate effectively. Toss in an arsenal of firearms and there’s a recipe for disaster that will continue to end in the deaths of innocent men, women and children across the nation.

What’s the solution? I assume the Wild West, gun-toting world we are reverting back into will continue to resist any gun control efforts. “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands,” was the bumper sticker that used to adorn vehicles. That mentality continues to ring true, even though I haven’t see those stickers in years. Firearms will continue to become more and more accessible as restrictions become less and less.

Fifty-three years without toting a firearm around, I can’t understand the desire. Is it fear? If it is, I don’t share it. The only fear I’ve ever felt is from someone who does share it. He got out of his vehicle like he lived in the Wild West – slung his coat tail behind this gun to make sure I saw it and came toward me. It was a blatant attempt to terrify a woman traveling alone. I would have been well within my rights to shoot him and it would have been just another justified road rage shooting.

If any form of gun control is out of the question, maybe we should begin teaching in school what adults seem to be lacking – the ability to process their feelings and communicate effectively without launching into violence or threats of violence. A good place to begin, in my opinion, would be mandatory psychology classes in 1st through 12th grade.

Affordable mental health care is good. However, time and time again, adults have proven that they will not voluntarily seek that help.

Psychology classes would instill within the newest generation an understanding of human behavior in hopes that they would grow up with improved cognitive processes and able to make rational decisions. The Texas shooting was by an 18-year-old. Maybe 12 years of psychology classes could have helped prevent the actions he took.

Maybe he, and others like him, would have learned that anger is a violent emotion that urges people to act instinctively and impulsively. If a person cannot control anger, it will control them and they will lash out violently. Temporary emotions causing permanent and devastating results.

Everyone recognizes there’s a problem. If gun control isn’t part of the solution, we need to begin formulating something. If we do nothing but play the blame game after the shooting, we’ve done nothing to prevent the next shooting. In Texas, devastated families are blaming the emergency response for not being quick enough. Blame the shooter.

Solutions, that’s what we need. If it’s not gun control measures for adults, then education during formative years when it might be beneficial on the children who will one day be adults.

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.