"PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — On a sunny January afternoon, 12 stories above a busy street, a newly engaged 19-year-old woman jumped to her death from a spectacular arch bridge west of downtown Portland. Last month, in the middle of the night, a 40-year-old man did the same. Last week, yet another person — a 15-year-old girl — plunged from the span."
A group wants to spend $2.5 Million dollars on a barrier to keep people from killing themselves. That money would be better spent on opening mental health facilities and hiring trained staff. And trying to remove the social stigma that persons with mental health issues face.
Instead lets spend money to "Protect" people from themselves, not lets spend money to help "Heal" people of their mental health.problems.
That is the type of thinking that makes everything illegal and stuff that's already illegal, let's make it MORE illegal.
Just so some people can assuage their own guilt about NOT helping others and removing that stigma I talked about earlier in this posting.
DO you know the saying, "If you are not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem"? Well these people are NOT a part of the solution, therefore, draw your own conclusions.
This is how we get Aurora, Newtown, the shooting at the Portland Mall, Tuscon, Columbine, Virginia Tech and others. Putting money into things that don't FIX the problem.
The problem isn't guns isn't suicide isn't violence. It's the lack of mental health facilities and funding for same.
So quit doing the "feel-good" measures and fix the problem.