Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Dayton Shooter Hallucinations

It appeared in the Washington Post, but "Democracy Dies in Darkness" needs revenue to keep promoting fascism so I am relying on HotAir's quote and the description in news.google.com:
During his senior year of high school, [the shooter] seemed to always have caffeine pills in one hand and an energy drink in another. He was unable to sleep, he told his then-girlfriend Lyndsi Doll, because of dark, animal-like shadows that tormented him at night.
Seven years after they dated, Doll recalls [the shooter] as a serious and reserved kid who wrestled with hallucinations and menacing voices in his head.
While they were in high school, [the shooter] told Doll that he had suffered from psychosis since he was young and feared developing schizophrenia…
[A]s their relationship progressed, Doll became increasingly concerned that [the shooter] was far from normal and desperately in need of professional help. He talked a lot about the “dark, evil things” he heard in his head. He would sometimes check out midway through the conservation, when it seemed like his mind would drift elsewhere.
The reports of the "hit list" and "rape list" that led to his suspension from high school sound like they should probably had led to involuntary commitment.  Anyone who was not focused on disarming the peasants would have to admit the mental illness probably underlying so many of these mass murders.  Write to your Congresscritters right now and remind them all of these recent mass murderers passed background checks so mandatory checks on private party sales would not have stopped these crimes; mass murder is so easy to do with other weapons (cars, arson) that gun bans and "Red Flag" laws only change the method.  If someone is that dangerous, involuntary commitment is the correct response.

Just sent to Congressman Fulcher:
I realize that the Democrats are trying to stampede Republicans into  abandoning their safe votes by passing more gun control laws.  The recent tragedies in El Paso and Dayton demonstrate that once again, the gun control lobby is chasing the wrong problem.  
Today's Washington Post reports that the Dayton shooter's ex-girlfriend describing him as having hallucinations and calling himself psychotic.  Severe mental illness is quite common among mass murderers: the Navy Yard shooter, Sutherland Springs shooter, Parkland, Virginia Tech, Stockton in 1989, the Aurora theater shooter just to list the ones that immediately come to mind.  (There are many others.  I am currently compiling an encyclopedia of mass murderers.  Of the 504 that I have identified so far, about 1/4 were mentally ill.)  The core problem is that the destruction of the state mental hospital system in the 1960s and 1970s means that many people with dangerous mental illness problems are never involuntarily committed (which would cause a firearms purchase disapproval).
The recent tragedies demonstrate that a mandatory background check system for private sales  is unneeded.  All of these recent mass murderers passed background checks.  (If the Air Force had reported the Sutherland Springs shooter's domestic violence conviction or his involuntary commitment, to the FBI's firearms background check system, he would have been disqualified for a purchase.)
"Red Flag" laws?  If someone intends mass murder, there are many alternate methods.  About 1/4 of American mass murders 2006-17 were non-guns: arson, vehicles, knives, blunt objects.  If someone is that dangerous, they need to be in a hospital.  Taking away their guns only changes the method.  Arson mass murders in the U.S. have very high death counts: 32 in a 1973 New Orleans gay bar; 78 in a 1990 New York City night club; 97 in a San Juan, P.R. casino.
Insist on hearings to examine the mental health crisis caused by the deinstitutionalization of the mentally in the 1960s and 1970s.  So many other problems came from this as well, such as homelessness.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

So much for gun control laws in Canada: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/07/canada-manhunt-police-searching-for-teen-fugitives-find-two-bodies

Unknown said...

https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/viewpoint/idaho-rep-russ-fulcher-discusses-recent-mass-shootings/277-414a1a42-1e0e-45a1-b81a-6e80cf72565a (Fulcher interview on KTVB Ch. 7)