Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New PJMedia Article

California Has Enough Laws

In the case of Elliot Rodger, all they had to do was enforce them.


Anthony said...

I'm not sure that the answer is actually "enforce the existing laws" - the SBSD *did* that. But they screwed up. It's like pulling over a guy for driving a stolen car, and letting him flim-flam the cop into believing that it's his car.

Santa Barbara County is big enough that they should have at least a few deputies who have the training to figure out when someone's crazy but masking it well, or to evaluate the parent's call enough to decide to bring him in and have a professional evaluate him, since most cops *can't* be professional psychologists.

hga said...

Ummmm, as I read your column, any police officer, plus "a number of medical professionals", can, no questions asked, instigate a 5150 72 hour mental health "evaluation", and whatever the result of that, the subject loses his RKBA for 5 years.

Is that correct?

Clayton Cramer said...

Yup. Theoretically you can get those rights back if the doctor decides that there was no good reason for you to have been hospitalized. Sometimes that works as it is supposed to. Sometimes it costs thousands of dollars to do so.

It would make a lot more sense to make this dependent on 5250 commitment, which requires something closer to due process. My point is that they have enough laws. (Maybe too many laws.)

Why does anyone live in California?