July 27, 2012 by Rick Rottman
What we should be talking about a week after the Aurora, Colorado massacre
It’s been a week since James Holmes walked into an Aurora, Colorado movie theater armed with an AR-15 and other weapons and began shooting people he didn’t know. Some have used the massacre to once again, start a discussion on gun control. Since the Constitution of the United States guarantees all Americans the right to own a military weapon with a high capacity drum magazine, it seems like a waste of time. What we should be talking about is not gun control, but healthcare.
It would seem a good many of the victims in the theater last week didn’t have health insurance. Now, because of no fault of their own, they are looking at thousands, even millions of dollars in medical bills. Even the victims that have health insurance will be looking at medical costs not covered by their plans. Medical bills are the cause of 60% of personal bankruptcy in this country.
Many of the victims, both the insured and the uninsured, will most likely have to declare personal bankruptcy to get on with their lives financially. That is just so wrong and unjust. It’s not right and it’s not fair.
People have begun raising money for many of the victims. We shouldn’t have to do this. We should be better than this. We should have a health care system in this country that doesn’t require people to declare bankruptcy or to take financial contributions from strangers.
None of these victims did anything wrong. They simply went to a theater to watch a movie.
If it’s a constitutional right for people like James Holmes to arm himself with military weaponry, is it asking too much not to be forced into financial ruin when people like James Holmes use these weapons against you? I don’t think it is.