By now, we have heard about the guy who went into a Rabbi’s house in New York and attacked five persons with a ‘large knife’ (guess machete is a no-no word). Those closest to him say he has mental illnesses and was off his meds when he committed those acts of violence.
There is also a homeless lady who has been booked TWICE for hitting Jewish women and yelling profanities at them. She is on the no cash bail program and should be back on the streets.
I cannot think of a rational person who would grab a machete, drive an hour to a place of worship and commit terror. Also, I do not think a person would be randomly punching people and screaming at them if they were not suffering mentally.
I am going to go out on a limb here and say most persons who commit mass violent acts are suffering from mental illnesses. From their social media rants to a manifesto their writings are right is proof of individuals who are not well.
I have read repeatedly about how their family and loved ones tried to unsuccessfully get them committed and felt something bad was coming because the system failed to help this person.
It is now a trend that if you commit an atrocity, just say you heard voices or had urges or you have mental illness.
Except studies have shown a very low correlation between mental health and mass violence and horrific criminal acts.
Just yesterday, a man was arrested for raping and killing a 92 year old woman. Right away he claimed he had to do it, pled not guilty. I personally can’t understand such an act, but too many who do these disgusting crimes jump right to mental health issues as an out. Not saying he is not ill, but this is no excuse for what this sob did to a lady out collecting bottles to recycle.
I do not know about you, but I am sick of reading about how families knew, but the system did not agree with their concerns. It is even worse when a professional did not even get to see the person due to backlog in before they commited an atrocity.
I still hold out for stronger mental health laws so they are not abused and those who truly need help get it. This is what I hope will be asked to those who want our votes this coming Fall.
I get there are other issues surrounding these violent acts.
I get there are bigger issues in the news. With a 24/7 news/social media cycle the headlines change every hour.
I get more people will needlessly die when the system could have prevented it because it needs better laws.
I get it.