OK loons, in light of the latest mass killing in America, I am going to just avoid the whole gun law debate on this one and focus on a totally different issue. The rights of those with mental illness. The last three or four mass shootings (and probably all of them) in the US involved men with serious mental illnesses, which the families were well aware of. The recent Elliot Rodger, was seeing several psychologists and therapists. The family and professionals knew of his troubled state but were unable to get him to take the anti psychotic drugs prescribed to him. They knew he heard voices and they knew he suffered from paranoia but all they could do was watched on as he continued to post troubling Youtube clips and send disturbing emails. My question is , if someone is suffering a mental illness, when should THEIR rights be temporarily removed? How can you expect someone who hears voices and suffers paranoia expect to make proper decisions concerning their health?
We watch the antics of Lindsay Lohan, Britany Spears, Amy Winehouse and Amanda Bynes like it is an amusing reality show act but when things go wrong you always hear the same words around the watercooler “sheez, why didn’t someone in their family intervene?” Answer is they can’t. The law is not on their side. Many parents, like the Sandy Hook shooters’, make a conscious effort to hide them away from the world ( and further hurt) rather than place them in an institution. That only compounds the problem.
The real issue is “mental illness isn’t cool , it alienates the already alienated. Being gay is now cool. Twenty years ago it was lynch worthy. Mental illness needs to be brought out into the same light . All those movie stars and athletes hiding their secret med stash need to come out and say “Thank god for my meds, they have saved my life.” Remove the shame and stigma associated with the medication and you will have a lot less funerals. Oh and for goodness sakes spend more money on research. Giving someone a pill that makes them feel like a ZOMBIE is not a solution , that is simply masking a problem. Give them a chance to function in the real world like everyone else.