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.