Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Obama mental health “advocates” try to separate gun violence, mental illness

Written By: Bob - Jun• 03•13

James Holmes was mentally ill long before he went on shooting spree in an Aurora Colorado theater.

Jared Loughner was mentally ill long before he shot up Gabby Giffords and a host of others outside of an Arizona supermarket.

Seung-Hui Cho showed signs of mental illness well before Virginia Tech.

Adama Lanza was mentally ill long before he shot up Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In each and every one of these mass shootings, the mental health problems of the perpetrator was known long before their crimes. Clearly, if these dangerously mentally ill people had been institutionalized before they went on their rampages, more than 70 people would still be alive and more than 100 others wouldn’t bear the disfiguring scars of bullets and shrapnel.

And yet, the President  of the United States, Barack Obama, is allowing the mental health industry to bully their way out of culpability.

President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden will host a mental-health conference at the White House on Monday but, after an outcry from advocacy groups, the administration is no longer billing the meeting as part of its effort to enact gun control legislation.

Just two weeks ago, the White House described the conference as part of Mr. Obama’s plan to reduce violence in the wake of December’s Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Conn. But on Friday, when White House deputy press secretary Joshua Earnest previewed the meeting for reporters, he never mentioned the words “gun violence.”

Instead, Mr. Earnest said the conference will address “how we can all work together to reduce stigma and help the millions of Americans struggling with mental health problems recognize the importance of reaching out for assistance.”

The meeting will include state and local officials, mental-health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders and people who suffer from mental illnesses.

The head of a mental-health advocacy group who will attend the conference said the administration is making a conscious effort to downplay possible links between mental illness and gun violence.

I don’t care about “stigmas.” I care about preventable body counts.

A lot of money has been contributed to the continual campaign of Barack Obama by mental health industry profiteers who make billions on selling antidepressants to both those few souls who legitimately need them, and millions more who have been put on prescriptions by general practitioners that frankly don’t have the mental health training to make the diagnoses they do.

“Progressive” advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), spend a good portion of the 70s and 80s fighting for “patients rights” for the dangerously mentally ill.

They spent years to get the dangerously ill out of institutions, and they’re fighting like hell to keep them out to avoid admitting the failure of their policies.

The growing body count of the mentally ill using weapons? That’s not nearly as important as maintaining the illusion that mental health advocates didn’t make a mistake that has led to one massacre after another.

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  1. Comrade X says:

    Don’t enforce the laws we have, let criminals and the insane run amuck on our streets but take away the guns from the law abiding is the formula of Obama & Bloomberg to stop gun violence?

    We will get what we deserve when we elect idiots like these!

    Death before slavery!

  2. Right_2_Bear says:

    I’m concerned with this. Is “mental illness” going to be the new excuse for more loss of freedoms? Who gets to decide when someone is too mentally ill to own a gun? (or car, or whatever…) What is the criteria? If one takes or has taken anti-depressants? Has seen a psychiatrist? A lot of good and harmless people would fall in that category. It’s a slippery slope.

    For this to get even close to “working” it would mean all gun owners would be required to take a mental health test – clearly unconstitutional. Then this still would not have stopped Lanza who stole his mother’s guns.

    Instead of arguing on leftist’s terms we should be stressing that yeah mass shootings do occur, but they are rare and statistically getting rarer. We need to beat back the media that makes it look like there is a mass shooting every day and stop living in fear.

    • Matt says:

      I have to agree. Who decides what is mental illness and what is not? Is being devout Christian grounds for being declared mentally ill? How about being a Libertarian? Obviously anyone who willingly jumps out of airplanes must be sick, right? How about those guys who run into burning buildings and aren’t even getting paid for it?

      James Holmes got seriously screwed by society and there wasn’t a single person around who was willing to offer him a hand. Autistic and Asperger’s sufferers are loathed by modern society far more than they were even 30 years ago. Years of being treated like he wasn’t even a human being was enough to break him and it wouldn’t have taken that many kind words to not only prevent him from breaking, but help him be an extremely valuable member of society who would likely wind up producing something of tremendous value to the world.

      As I can afford it I am taking seminary classes. One of my main ministries will be to those who society overlooks or doesn’t belive deserve any help. The GLBT crowd, the illegal immigrants, even the homeless have lots of people who feel pity for them and want to salve their liberal consiences by pretending to help them. Somebody qualified for Mensa? “Fuck off and die” is all we hear when we ask for help, particularly the evil straight white males.

      To get Biblical, you really are your brother’s keeper. Take a look around you and learn to see what the mainstream media doesn’t want you to see. When you see someone in pain, offer them a kind word, learn to treat them like human beings.

      • Rob Crawford says:

        James Holmes got seriously screwed by society…

        BS. He made his choices, and chose evil.

      • Right_2_Bear says:

        We can’t fix evil and we can’t legislate evil away. It will always be here. Violating the doctor/patient relationship by a now beyond doubt, proven tyrannical government is a BAD idea.

        It’s bad enough having the IRS ask about the content of our prayers. Do we want them digging thru our medical records too? Do we want the IRS (key facilitator of Obamacare) to decide if we are too mentally ill to own a gun, to vote? I never ever in my years thought I would see the days we are seeing now in America.

  3. Georg Felis says:

    Obviously the administration believes that wishing to own a firearm is a mental illness that indicates you should be prevented from owning a firearm… /sarc