posted on Dec, 20 2012 @ 05:37 PM
An interesting developement IMO of the recent killings in Sandy Hook....
The tragedy in Connecticut has reopened a difficult debate over whether states should be allowed to involuntarily commit the mentally ill.
The trend over the decades has been to release mental health patients, with a number of court cases restricting involuntary commitment. Last week’s
deadly rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School exposed cracks and inconsistencies within the nation’s mental health system. Many say that until
those problems are fixed, it’s only a matter of time before another national nightmare unfolds.
“It’s a cultural and mental health problem and it’s something we need to address soon and seriously,” former Homeland Security Secretary Tom
Ridge told Fox News. “We need to balance individual rights with the needs of the community.”
Ironically, a Connecticut mental health bill calling for changes that could have taken someone like shooter Adam Lanza off the streets was defeated
earlier this year in the state legislature. The bill would have allowed the state to commit someone if there was a reason to think that would prevent
them from harming others.
Reports of Lanza’s mental health have varied. One source told FoxNews.com that Lanza may have snapped because his mother was trying, despite the
difficulties, to commit him to a psychiatric facility.
A senior law enforcement official confirmed Lanza's anger at his mother over plans for "his future mental health treatment" is being looked at as a
possible motive. Police said they had no evidence Lanza had been medicated when the killings occurred. But even if Lanza had a proven history of
mental illness, having him forcibly committed would have been nearly impossible.
This is the most important "red herring" IMO! I live in PA and as a victim of this law known as "Assisted Outpatient Treatment", now I am seeing
this more clearly.
What this law means, is that if you say something that may indicate that you are a threat to your own life or others, that you can be
"involuntarily" admitted to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation for a period of 72 hours. (at least in PA, other states my vary, or like in the
case of Connecticut, no such law exists) In PA the legal term is I believe a 302. You have no choice, the police come along with an ambulance and they
take you to happy land in the mental ward of your nearest hospital.
It appears to me that this mother, whom was murdered by her own son, who then went on to kill innocent children, really had run out of options, other
than killing her own son from stopping him from doing what he did! The police couldn't help her because the laws set forth by the state legislature
of Connecticut did not permit them OR the doctors that may or may not been involved to allow this troubled individual to be committed to a hospital
for a mental evalutation!!!
So it appears that the state of Connecticut is as responsible for the deaths of these children MORE SO than the guns that Adam Lanza used!!!
Mom, had her hands tied! The police, had their hands tied! So let's address the real issue as to the sorry shape our mental health care is in, and
the criminal act of the Connecticut legislature to not address the issue versus destroying our second ammendment!!!