Tucson Shooting

Jared Lee Loughner decided to kill as many people as possible Saturday at a supermarket where Congresswoman Giffords was holding an event. The people at the event overpowered and subdued him, preventing him from committing even more mayhem that he had planned. Once his name was known, a number of people were able to access his online accounts and read the rambling accounts of a very disturbed individual.

We do not know why this person chose to target this particular Congresswoman. The more lefty liberal Democrats (and many of the media) reflexively and publicly blamed Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, the military, and Fox News, as though he were some kind of fiscally conservative crazy. They sounded as delusional as the killer! I’m waiting for it to somehow all be Bush’s fault. No doubt Nancy Pelosi is working on that right now.

My heart goes out to the families of the victims and the victims themselves. People that spend a lot of time in the public eye, whether they are elected officials or corporate representatives, know that the risk exists of drawing the attention and ire of the crazy element in society. People going to the grocery store to see their Congresswoman probably wouldn’t think of such a thing.

I’ll be curious to see what the fallout for this will be in terms of personal freedom. Will politicians or, indeed, any individual or organization that holds a public event be forced to provide security? Will people that wish to go meet their representative be subjected to a full body search, much like the people that are assumed to be potential criminals because they wish to board an aircraft?

On a personal note, as a person who works with the violent element in public schools, I despair about what is going to happen to these children. Sometimes they’re second and third generation batshit crazy (my diagnosis). When disturbed kids are finished with years of assaulting their teachers and other students in the public school system and age out, what happens to them? When their caretakers are no longer able to care for them, what happens to them? Institutions for the mentally ill have been closed down and jail has taken its place.

His teachers and classmates are probably shaking their heads and saying “We all knew this was coming someday, but there was nothing at all we could do about it”.

What the Democrats (aka “the party in power”) should be doing instead of reflexively blaming Sarah Palin (when it was one of their own that did the shooting) is take a hard look at why there isn’t an effective treatment method/place for the dangerously mentally ill in this country.


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    kcduffy said,

    “why there isn’t an effective treatment method/place for the dangerously mentally ill in this country”

    Because in the 60’s it was determined that this undermined people’s basic rights…locking up the “batshit crazy” was deemed to be ‘mean.’ I remember hours and hours of my family – schoolteachers and academics and students of Life – arguing the matter. When it was decided by those “who know what’s best” for everyone that all the homes for mentally ill should be closed, the medicating and mainstreaming of mentally ill people began – and they began to have children, because that is their RIGHT…and we have your ‘students’ as a result. Of course, we can’t make any of them take their meds, either, so the cycle continues unabated by locks or fences. Likely there are more Jared Lee’s coming up through the ranks…

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    Gregoryno6 said,

    Sorry, I’ll try again.
    R D Laing’s book SANITY MADNESS AND THE FAMILY laid out the process by which some – and I believe Laing himself said ONLY some – schizophrenics were the result of unhealthy family environments. That was the start of the de-insititutonalising movement. Governments embraced the idea with enthusiasm since returning those folks to the wider community was a lot less expensive that paying for their keep.

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