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The Post-Newtown Witch Hunt

Gyst53 Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 7:45 AM
It would be interesting to see how many of our State Mental institutions have been shut down since the 1990's nationwide. Indiana shut down most, if not all, the State Mental Hospitals. Now the mentally ill are living in Group homes, Homeless Shelters, Prisons or just walking the streets. (not to mention the Schizophrenic Autistic, Bi-polar, ADHD, OCD and Asperger's syndrome "inclusion children" attending our schools daily.) Check out these sobering statistics...and consider why Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech etc. happened. (Look at the shooters backgrounds and family situations.) http://mentalillnesspolicy.org
CombatMissionary Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 8:27 AM
There's no reason to lump ADHD, OCD, and Asperger's in with Bipolar and Schizophrenic. I have ADD, and I'm a 13-year combat veteran of two branches of military service. The MOS I serve in right now is RIDDLED with ADD Soldiers. Having ADD is actually a major advantage in my MOS, and there are certain careers in the civilian sector that attract ADD people as well. There's a grain of truth to the "something shiny" stereotype, but "something shiny" is extremely different from mental illnesses that make one potentially violent.
annfan_777 Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 7:47 AM
All of which can be laid at the feet of the ACLU.
Jules65 Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 9:35 AM
The ACLU went after the "false incarceration" issue. That is where a person could be committed to a mental institution by just about anyone, usually family members trying to rid themselves of a perceived embarrassment to the family. The ACLU were lazy in their pursuit of the issue and painted it with a broad brush which resulted in most every mental patient being turned loose on the streets. The idea was that most could be treated with drugs, if taken regularly, and psychiatric help on a regular basis. Having worked in the mental health field, I will tell you that getting many of the seriously mentally ill to follow a regimen of drugs and counseling is near impossible. Most would be better off in a supervised setting. ACLU does it again.

In the aftermath of the horrific Newtown, Conn., school massacre, Americans from all parts of the political spectrum agree that we need to pay more attention to mental health issues. Public death threats and incitements to violence must be taken seriously. The incendiary witch hunt against law-abiding, peaceful gun owners is neither noble nor effective. It's just plain insane.

Over the past week, I've witnessed a disturbing outbreak of off-the-rails hatred toward gun owners and Second Amendment groups. Whatever your views on guns, we can all agree: The Newtown gunman was a monster who slaughtered his own mother, five heroic educators...