Almost all the recent mass shootings have one thing in common -- young men with serious mental illness problems.
The discussion so far to stop these killings has been to ban guns or at least assault weapons. However, I think there is much more cause to review how we treat the idea of mental illness in our society.
Maybe Reagan went too far in the 1980's in cutting back on mental health support by the federal government. However, from what I understand most state hospitals were no more than dirty, unprofessional, prisons for the mentally ill -- places where most were not getting the care and education they needed.
The US has tried to mainstream many with mental problems -- a good and honorable thing to do -- however, that may or may not be the proper thing to do.
I came across a blog from the mother of a mentally ill son. She has few solutions available to her in getting help for her son -- the solution proposed by a social worker was "to get Michael charged with a crime."
Have we become so PC is America to certain issues that we cannot look at issues like mental illness with an open mind without feeling that we are judging and being unfair to those that have mental illness.I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.
According to Mother Jones, since 1982, 61 mass murders involving firearms have occurred throughout the country. (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/...-shootings-map). Of these, 43 of the killers were white males, and only one was a woman. Mother Jones focused on whether the killers obtained their guns legally (most did). But this highly visible sign of mental illness should lead us to consider how many people in the U.S. live in fear, like I do.
I'm not calling for all people with mental illness to be locked up. I'm saying that maybe we've gone too far in mainstreaming all those with mental illness and now lack the ability to look at some with mental illness as distractive and violent.
If we are going to have a discussion about the causes of mass killing -- this issue needs to be at the top of the discussion list -- if it's not -- we're not being serious.
This is the blog that I'm referring to:
Please don't make this thread about guns -- there are several already.