“...When the government began closing state-run hospitals in the 1980s, people with mental illness had nowhere to turn; many ended up in jail….”
This is one time where neither side is right. Neither side is wrong, either. Both have behave disgracefully over the years. Because of the inability to be able to see beyond the political end of their noses, let’s be honest and point blame where it belongs – the political cowards who can’t bother to make viable solutions a priority.
Predictably, the left is crying gun control. The far right wants more guns. Ann Coulter has, as usual, made a fool of herself. No one wants to face the bitter reality that, until something is done about the way we handle mental illness, these horrible displays of evil are going to continue. All the gun control in all the world is not going to stop a mentally deranged individual from going berserk. You could insanely arm every adult in the country, the way the far right wants it, and even more innocent people will die.
“…A look at every mass shooting by Mother Jones came to the complete opposite conclusion as Coulter. In September, Mother Jones examined every mass shooting the the United States over the past 30 years, and found that armed bystanders don’t prevent the incident, but become victims themselves, “In 2005, as a rampage unfolded inside a shopping mall in Tacoma, Washington, a civilian named Brendan McKown confronted the assailant with a licensed handgun he was carrying. The assailant pumped several bullets into McKown and wounded six people before eventually surrendering to police after a hostage standoff. (A comatose McKown eventually recovered after weeks in the hospital.) In Tyler, Texas, that same year, a civilian named Mark Wilson fired his licensed handgun at a man on a rampage at the county courthouse. Wilson—who was a firearms instructor—was shot dead by the body-armored assailant, who wielded an AK-47. (None of these cases were included in our mass shootings data set because fewer than four victims died in each.)”…”
I always thought Victoria Jackson was just another blond bimbo without a brain. On Friday, she proved that even blond bimbos who think they are conservative can be idiots. She said that the 20 children murdered were just like being aborted. Bryan Fischer has proved why The Pink Flamingo has come to detest the religious right.
Mike Huckabee says that the problem is due to the fact that God has been removed from our schools.
The Pink Flamingo thinks that Protein Wisdom is the worst, though. You might want to read the comments. I think it will prove why the far right is beyond control.
No one wants to face reality. Evil exists. Do I think many of these young people are evil? No, I don’t. I think there are times when their parents turn the situation into something evil. Then there are times when their parents are crying, begging for help, and the system just isn’t working.
“...When I asked my son’s social worker about my options, he said that the only thing I could do was to get Michael charged with a crime. “If he’s back in the system, they’ll create a paper trail,” he said. “That’s the only way you’re ever going to get anything done. No one will pay attention to you unless you’ve got charges.”
I don’t believe my son belongs in jail. The chaotic environment exacerbates Michael’s sensitivity to sensory stimuli and doesn’t deal with the underlying pathology. But it seems like the United States is using prison as the solution of choice for mentally ill people. According to Human Rights Watch, the number of mentally ill inmates in U.S. prisons quadrupled from 2000 to 2006, and it continues to rise—in fact, the rate of inmate mental illness is five times greater (56 percent) than in the non-incarcerated population.
With state-run treatment centers and hospitals shuttered, prison is now the last resort for the mentally ill—Rikers Island, the LA County Jail, and Cook County Jail in Illinois housed the nation’s largest treatment centers in 2011
No one wants to send a 13-year old genius who loves Harry Potter and his snuggle animal collection to jail. But our society, with its stigma on mental illness and its broken healthcare system, does not provide us with other options. Then another tortured soul shoots up a fast food restaurant. A mall. A kindergarten classroom. And we wring our hands and say, “Something must be done.”
I agree that something must be done. It’s time for a meaningful, nation-wide conversation about mental health. That’s the only way our nation can ever truly heal….”
“...I have posted the relevant Supreme Court rulings that have created the mental health mess described in this article. It’s the Supreme Court that’s at fault. The rest of the actions that followed were a direct result of the Court’s ruling. Every State followed suit, not just California. While others may have their own political reasons to endorse the Court’s ruling, the Court laid the legal ground work where only the “dangerous” mentally ill could be institutionalized or forced to take treatment. Getting the mentally incompetent to seek treatment and follow the prescribed therapy is not easy, as many of the posts show.
Wikipedia: “1978 Rennie v. Klein CIVIL-an involuntarily committed, legally competent patient who refused medication had a right to professional medical review of the treating psychiatrist’s decision. The Court left the decision-making process to medical professionals.”…”
The solution is not just in stricter gun control laws. It is not about not having gun control. It is about the political world recognizing the fact that mental illness exists. Prison reform is needed. The real reason the country has evolved into this dangerous situation where the mentally ill can go in and murder at will is due to the fact that, back in the mid-1970s, Jimmy Carter fell for the liberal scam that mental institutions were all evil and needed to be closed.
Instead of fixing the horrible conditions that still existed in many state run institutions, they were closed. Those who were a danger to themselves and society had little recourse. The homeless problem was born. Those who needed to be institutionalized ended up being incarcerated – and still are.
Ronald Reagan made it worse as his administration began cutting budgets. Instead of putting money back into the system, to make needed modernization improvements, the system was gutted. Over the years, the GOP has worsened the situation by cutting even more from these budgets.
More gun control won’t solve this problem. More money put into and recreating a system where those who are in need, receive the help they need. You can’t solve this with libertarian posturing. It can’t be solved by hand wringing that guns need to be banned. It is only solved by society – by the American voter – deciding it is far cheaper to recreate a system of humane and kind mental institutions where those who are a danger to themselves and the rest us, get the help they need.
In other words, it ain’t gonna happen. More innocent lives will be lost because the libertarian end of the GOP thinks that you can throw a self-help book at these people and they will be fine. The Dems think that draconian gun laws will do the trick. They won’t. A sick person who is determined to kill and destroy will find a way.