Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Cost Of Aurora
The grieving families of those who lost their lives, were unprepared for what happened. But they will pay. Who paid for the hospital care the wounded received? Many of them were young and had no health insurance. So tax payers are going to be paying for that huge emergency room bill.
Who paid for the guns the shooter acquired?
Well, we did. That's right the shooter had a $26,000 grant from the NIH. I had wondered for days how an unemployed student had the money for all the guns, ammo and kevlar.
A lot of people are upset over all kinds of things. But it seems like all the wrong things. They are afraid that people are going to rethink our laws about guns and take their precious guns away. But that will never happen. Because no one can conceive of a world where you don't have to be afraid of anyone enough to shoot them, or a world where we had adequate universal healthcare, including mental healthcare for people with mental disorders. How is it that we have so much money flowing into offshore accounts but we don't have any money for universal healthcare or a program to wipe out poverty (causing most of the crimes gun-totin' Americans are afraid of) Why is our right to bear arms so important that tolerating this kind of carnage is better, than having to actually change and look at this country and it's citizens as people that we need to care about? How much money will the NRA donate to cover the costs of the victims medical care and funerals? Because they should.
I wonder if the man who shot those people had access to healthcare, or if anyone noticed he was disturbed and he was just ignored. Thanks to our "free" society people are free to suffer from mental illness, free to buy as many weapons as possible, free to go anywhere they want and wreak havoc. You would think in a country so obsessed with DEFICIT SPENDING would use mathematics and total the costs of 12 funerals @$10,000 would be $120,000.
58 wounded, I can't even conceive how much their medical expenses will be, let alone the grief all of them and their families will suffer. I think the medical costs of this will easily be a million or more.
Paying police, EMT's, fire departments. That is, if they even had enough on duty, because we can't afford them either. This unnatural disaster will costs millions, not to mention the mental anguish for all involved. Logic would tell a person that this is very costly, and thanks to our Puritanical upbringing, Americans are cheap bastards. We have a Walmart mentality. So if we really wanted to save a buck, we would have really stringent gun laws, healthcare for everyone, and we would wipe out poverty, because it is COST EFFECTIVE. But no, just hang on to that rugged individualism, ride into the sunset in your gas guzzling SUV, armed with all the automatic weapons you want. Sounds pretty much like a third world country. Americans are just not mentally capable of doing any higher order thinking and figure out a way to solve this problem.
I am so sorry, Aurora, Colorado.