posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 07:40 PM
Tragedy, the outcome of severe mental illness, moral depravity, demonic forces, no words can explain the actions of mass shooting of the most innocent
As I have been reviewing the posts and responses today regarding the horror that unfolded in Connecticut I have noticed that the topic is primarily
guns, gun control, second amendment, etc. First, I am proponent of an Americans right to keep and bear arms, I believe this is fundamental to liberty
and a basic freedom. I hunt, I shoot for sport, I have been trained and have carried weapons as part of my employment as well I am a veteran of the
United States Navy. I am familiar with a variety of weapons.
I have also worked with the severely mentally ill and the criminally insane for the better part of the past ten years.
I truly believe that if we are going to have a serious discussion regarding gun violence then the focus of mental health should be in the forefront.
I agree that this tragic event and the tragedies that preceded today are related to guns being in the wrong hands, a no brainer.
A person does not just wake up one day, throw on some body armor, arm themselves to the teeth and run out and commit a massacre. There has to be
patterns of behavior, signs that a person is having issues, suicidal ideology, something that offers a clue that there is a problem that requires
Our right to own guns is not the issue here, the mental health system may be. I can tell you from experience that a person can be reported to police
as "acting strange", making homicidal or suicidal statements etc. The police will contact this person, conduct a field interview to determine if the
individual needs evaluation and if so bring them to the local emergency room. A petition for mental health evaluation in my state is good for 72
hours, sometimes treatment is hospitalization, other times a patient brought to the hospital under these circumstances can "contract for safety"
without ever seeing a psychiatrist, or psychologist.
I have seen people that are clearly delusional released back into the general public because there is nowhere to place them.
There is no funding for properly dealing with the mentally ill. They are left to fight their afflictions on their own. Todays tragic event was gun
violence, no doubt about it, however the person with that gun was insane there is no other explanation for the massacre of those most innocent. If
there must be discussion regarding gun control so be it, and I really am not trying to fall back on the old "guns dont kill people, people do"
thing.This is insanity and there had to be signs of a problem.
My prayers to the victims families and their community.