Why can’t people just shut-up already yet about yet another ‘far right’ mass murderer? John Russell Houser was far right. Okay? So what? The left jumped on the far right, blaming them for this man’s insanity, instead of showing any rational form of reason. The dirty little facts are that on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted Domestic Terrorists all are either gang related or far left. No one from the far right is on it. Many are eco-terrorists.
- Unabomber – Anarchist
- Ft. Hood shooter – Registered Democrat
- Columbine shooters – Both families were registered Democrats
- Virginia Tech shooter – Registered Democrat
- Colorado Theater shooter – Registered Democrat
- Connecticut School Shooter – Registered Democrat
- Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ shooter – Registered Democrat
Mother Jones has a very good guide to mass shootings in the US. We’re dealing with one very nasty problem here. It has nothing to do with political proclivities and everything to do with those who are seriously mentally ill – criminally mentally ill. Something like 7.5% of crime is committed by those with serious mental illness. Substance abuse makes it worse, of course. Studies have shown it is cheaper to treat the mentally ill, before they commit a crime, than afterward, when dealing with incarceration, trials, and investigations. Of those who commit crimes:
- 3% – serious depression
- 4% schizophrenia
- 10% bi-polar
The real problem with our culture is not as simple gun control. Someone who is unhinged and yet knows the difference from right and wrong, but doesn’t care, and truly wants to commit murder, will find a way to do it. Unfortunately, due to the horrible way people have been treated in the past, those who are dangerously mentally ill are allowed ‘freedom’ and their ‘rights’, regardless of who they destroy, starting with their families. There needs to be a way to be able to confine these individuals, in a decent setting which is not a prison, for their own good. If not, we’re going to be seeing more of these horrific incidents.
It’s too bad partisan politics must be interjected into what is a serious societal problem. You can’t solve anything by accusing the right or the left of facilitating a crime, simply because of ideology. Until we decide that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, and do something about it, expect more mass murder. The right doesn’t want to reign in gun sales and the left does not want to reign in unbridled ‘freedom’ for everyone, even those who would harm others.
Nothing is going to change.