posted on Jan, 15 2011 @ 06:00 PM
The thing is, Jared did not view himself as mentally ill. So how are you going to determine that in advance? And just what is "mental health care"?
Too often it is just drugs to slow you down. Yeah, Jared behaved in what some might call an odd way, but was that becaise he was "crazy" or because
he was exercising his personal freedom of speech. My guess is the majority of people on ATS would have applauded Jared's actions (PRIOR to his
killing spree, I hasten to add). After all, he was a 9/11 truther. He was described by a classsmate as a "left wing pot head." He railed against the
'establishment,' all time-honored and respected points of view here on ATS. If someone had managed to get Jared off the streets there would be a
dozen threads on ATS railing against the authorities for over stepping their bounds and violating Jared's civil rights, the same way they have
discussed poor Private Manning of WikiLeaks fame.
Now let's examine what 'mental health care' IS. Now I know that sometimes mental health care works. For example, a psychiatrist might be able to
identify a physical cause for a mental problem, a hormonal imbalance, perhaps a tumor, that is responsible for mental behavior. So this is not to say
that 'mentally ill' people can never be helped. However, most mental health issues fall into one of three categories.
1. The talking therapies. Mental health counselors from psychologists to social workers can "talk" you through your anguish, help you 'work
through' your anxieties to help you gain normal relationships. People who benefit from this are usually more neurotic than really 'mentally
2. Drugs for such things as ADD. Thorazine and similar drugs basically slow your system down. If you've slowed down, you're less likely to flip out.
Of course, if you go 'off your meds' bad things can happen. We had a young man here recently go off his meds and stab his 88 year old neighbor to
3. Lock up. If it's that bad, a locked cell so you don't harm anyone.
Jared did not exhibit anything that would justify two or three here. He presented himself as an angry young man who had some control issues with
alcohol and drugs--just like a large percentage of his contemporaries. If you were to force himm into 'adequate health care' for the behavior he
exhibited, half the people on ATS would be joining him.