Far Left Groups Defeated Connecticut Mental Health Protection Laws Just Months Before Shooting

Months before the Newtown massacre far left groups defeated a Connecticut mental health protections law.
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Here’s a fact you might not know – Connecticut is one of only SIX states in the U.S. that doesn’t have a type of “assisted outpatient treatment” (AOT) law (sometimes referred to as “involuntary outpatient treatment”). There’s no one standard for these types of laws, but (roughly speaking) these are laws that allow for people with mental illness to be forcibly treated BEFORE they commit a serious crime. Whereas previous legal standards held that the mentally ill cannot be institutionalized or medicated until they harm someone or themselves, or until they express an immediate intent to do so, AOT laws (again, roughly speaking) allow for preventativeinstitutionalization or forced medication (I highly recommend reading the data cited in the link I provided in this paragraph, especially regarding what is known as “first episode psychosis”).

AOT laws vary state-by-state, and often bear the name of a person murdered by an untreated mentally ill person (“Kendra’s Law” in New York, “Laura’s Law” in California, etc.).

Earlier this year, Connecticut considered passing an AOT law (and a weak one, at that), and it failed, due to protests from “civil liberties” groups.

Related… Progressive Policies Are to Blame for the Mass Shooting in Sandy Hook

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  • Economan

    That’s because the left sees themselves as mental patients.

  • Mannie

    I am of two minds about these sorts of laws. They are too easily abused by The Enemy. If you discuss your mental health with a therapist, or even your family physician, you could get put on a List. All it takes is a stroke of the regulator’s pen. Then your rights can be extinguished.

    This is well understood by armed professionals; the police and military. Mental health issues are often dealt with in ways punitive to your career. That is why most armed professionals will not say anything to a shrink. “Everything is very good, thank you.” They are willing to take the risk of suicide rather than the risk of losing their career.

  • myohmy

    While these psychos have unrestricted use of violent video games, psychos are protected by progressive policies.

  • airon-later

    Once again, a blatantly misleading headline and topic. Even mildly glancing over the infomation cited and even someone with a partially functioning brainstem can see the truth. But keep up with pointing fingers at things that aren’t there, I’m actually impressed that you are making yourself look even dumber.

  • PJ

    Laura’s Law has not been implemented by many counties in CA because “advocates” for freedom for the mentally ill, funded by taxpayer dollars, have threatened to sue any county who tries.

    It’s been dogma on the left for 50 years that no one is mentally ill, they are just victims of an insane system (democracy, capitalism, etc.). And we fund these people with out tax dollars!

  • FurryGuy

    With what keeps trickling out about the provisions of ObamaTax, with the new regulations being spawned daily, I have very little doubt that soon mental health protection laws will come back, but because of the nature of government bureaucracy it will become a tool to suppress anyone that questions what government is and will do. Reeducation is what it become.

  • Time

    This entire plot stinks. If what they report is fact, that the brother/father have been estranged from the killer for years, how is it that the killer, 20 years old had the ID of his 24 yr old brother ? Someone is frigging lying. How did he get his brothers ID if he has not been in contact with him for years. Someone gave it to him, WHO ?

  • Patty

    VULTURES
    ABC, NY Times reporters tweet friends, family of Connecticut massacre targets

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz2F9RwyUg7

  • Patty

    Plain clothes cops could be guarding the doors of schools. But this cost money. I ask what about of money would these parents give to have their children back.

    What is important to this nation?

  • Patty

    Media Sets Gun Control Narrative, Shuts Down Mental Health Debate

    As you’ll see in the video below, through Soledad O’Brien, CNN is desperate to set the table for policies that will make us less safe by ensuring only bad guys have guns. This is what I call Narrative Setting, where the media decides what The Narrative (our national conversation) will be surrounding a particular story – in this case a heinous school shooting in Connecticut. And how this Narrative Setting is done, is exactly what CNN did to Rep. Mary Bono Mack this morning, every time she attempted to bring up any solution to mass shootings outside of unconstitutional gun-grabbing.

    Witness the media art of Whack-a-Mole:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/12/15/Media-Sets-Gun-control-narrative

  • Patty

    OT

    It Begins: Michelle Obama Suggests Four More Years Not Enough – ‘We Are Nowhere Near Finished’

    And notice she makes no mention of the strengthening the economy as part of Obama’s agenda.

    Related – Video – Obama Victory Speech Gives Coded Call For Final Destruction Of America As Currently Defined By Its Constitution: ‘The Task of Perfecting Our Union Moves Forward’

    GO TO VIDEO

    http://patdollard.com/2012/12/it-begins-michelle-obama-implies-four-more-years-not-enough/

  • Patty

    Obama administration, Congress quietly let school security funds lapse

    Before Connecticut tragedy, administration eliminated emergency preparedness program,let school violence prevention programs lapse

    But last year, his administration took a less muted tone as it submitted its 2012 Education Department budget to Congress that eliminated the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) funding, which for years provided between $20 million and $30 million in annual grants to help schools create emergency and crisis preparation and prevention plans for tragedies just like the one that unfolded Friday.

    The Education Department’s Web site says it last made REMS grants in 2011.

    The funding was cut off even though the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, warned in 2007 that many “many school district officials said that they experience challenges in planning for emergencies due to a lack of equipment, training for staff, and expertise and some school districts face difficulties in communicating and coordinating with first responders and parents.”[…………………………]

    http://www.washingtonguardian.com/washingtons-school-security-failure

  • Patty

    Sorry, but armed guards would have stopped this. Please, I am sick of these people on the networks telling us any differently.

  • Patty

    OT

    If interested here is an update on HOT DOG GUY:

    Update on ‘the hot dog guy’

    Here’s a brief update to Michelle’s post about Lansing, Michigan hot dog vendor Clint Tarver, who had been hired by Americans for Prosperity to serve hot dogs outside their now shredded tent during Tuesday’s union protest near the Capitol Building.

    Lee Stranahan at Breitbart News interviewed “the hot dog guy” as the upbeat Tarver is known in these parts, and has more on the story:

    When reporter Lee Stranahan describes a Guy Fawkes mask, Tarver indicates that it sounds like that is what the assailant wore. Tarver was shown a photo of a Guy Fawkes mask after the interview and confirmed that it what the attacker who kicked over coffee machines and began attacking the tent with a box cutter, was wearing.
    […]
    Tarver was trapped in the tent as it was knocked down from the outside by an unruly mob of union proponents. He dismissed the conspiracy theory that AFP employees were in any way responsible for the destruction of the tent.

    Tarver also says he was called racial epithets by other union attackers, including the “N” word and “Uncle Tom.” Tarver says he’s never been called such things in his 17 years as a hot dog vendor. His wife expressed her digust that union workers stood around with their hands in their pockets while Tarver attempted to pick up his catering equipment and other items.

    Video of the interview is here.

    Otherwise, Tuesday’s protest was… all together now… mostly peaceful.

    A fund started to help Tarver replace his equipment that had an original goal of $2,000 is now up to over $25,000.

    Play the video below to see and hear all the attention the network nightly newscasts have devoted to Clint’s story and others.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2012/12/13/update-on-hot-dog-guy/

  • Melvin P. Arbuckle III

    Leftists are to blame every time there is a massacre, these days. Massacres like this always happen in so-called gun-free zones where the law abiding are disarmed to accommodate the murderous rampages so said rampages can be used as fodder to press for more gun-free zones, more gun control, and eventual gun prohibition.

    The same logic that demands guns be banned to stop shootings demands cars be banned and prohibition reimplemented to stop drunk driving, and fast food be banned to stop obesity. Of course, a guy in China nutted out and stabbed 22 kids yesterday which requires banning all knives, too.

  • myohmy

    Shame the media. The problem with this country is mental illness not guns. High number of young people has somewhat suffering from mild to worst mental illness.

    Check out the hospital psychiatric ward in your neighborhood and they are full of young people suffering from mental breakdown.

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  • Sasja

    Patty, stop with the because REMS was not funded our children were put in danger. I am getting so sick of you people and your “we need more money”, no “we need more gun restrictions”, no “we need more money”, no “we need to lock up all the crazies”, “no, we need more money” “no, we need to ban guns” litanies.

  • bg

    ++

    that is going to be one beaut of a lawsuit..

    and deservedly so..

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    Patty #12 December 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    re: [Obama administration, Congress
    quietly let school security funds lapse]

    not unlike Benghazi.. 🙁

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    Patty #12 December 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    my major fear/nightmare, nor shall i ever forget.. 🙁

    School Threat

    Homegrown Jihad

    [They may be living right next door…

    Scattered across the United States, unknown to all but a handful of citizens, are 35 Islamic terrorist training compounds known as “Muslims of America.” Under the leadership of a radical Pakistani cleric, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, Muslims of America has thousands of devoted followers who are being groomed for HOMEGROWN JIHAD.]

    and much more at link, in connecting links, thread comments..

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    RIP Sandy Hook Elementary victims

    Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/2006
    Daniel Barden, 9/25/2005
    Olivia Engel, 7/18/2006
    Josephine Gay, 12/11/2005
    Ana M Marquez-Greene, 4/4/2006
    Dylan Hockley, 3/8/2006
    Madeleine F Hsu, 7/10/2006
    Catherine V Hubbard, 6/8/2006
    Chase Kowalski, 10/31/2005
    Jesse Lewis, 6/30/2006
    James Mattioli, 3/22/2006
    Grace McDonnell, 11/4/2005
    Emilie Parker, 5/12/2006
    Jack Pinto, 5/6/2006
    Noah Pozner, 11/20/2006
    Caroline Previdi, 9/7/2006
    Jessica Rekos, 5/10/2006
    Avielle Richman, 10/17/2006
    Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/2006
    Allison N Wyatt, 7/3/2006

    Adults Sandy Hook Elementary Victims:
    Rachel Davino, 7/17/1983
    Dawn Hocksprung, 6/28/1965
    Anne Marie Murphy, 7/25/1960
    Lauren Russeau, 6/8/1982
    March Sherlach, 2/11/1956
    Victoria Soto, 11/04/1985

    ==

  • bobbi

    The divorce took place in 2009. Seems to me, both parents were aware of his sociopathic tendencies. Why then, did neither
    parent realize that the presence of guns, the availability of guns to Adam was, shall I say, criminal. The parents were accessories to the crime. This is just common sense on the part of a parent to allow Adam any access to these weapons. But the Mother did.
    The parents are the first line if support for these “special needs” kids. Possibly the Father saw this reckless behavior and felt incapable of interceding.

  • bobbi

    Sorry edit” This is just common sense on the part of a parent to DIS-allow Adam any access to these weapons.”

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  • Caias Ward

    If you read the PDF link, you would see this law would allow a single doctor to decide if you needed to be medicated or not. It would allow the doctor to share your medical information with your family without your permission, or even a roommate. That’s a train wreck waiting to happen. And it would allow you to be medicated without consent of your own doctor.

  • More liberty

    “Forcibly treated”. Uh, ya that sounds like a great idea. All we need is for some government official saying you sufferer from some obscure “illness” and your locked up without your right to due process. You call yourselves conservative and think giving the government this type of power is acceptable? Idiots.

  • bg

    ++

    the President is mental,

    Army acknowledges pedophilia part of Islam

    [Clare Lopez, a senior fellow with the Center for Security Policy,
    said the suggestion that U.S. soldiers are to blame for the attacks
    on them by Afghan security forces is outrageous.

    “To suggest that our troops are somehow being murdered because
    of our insensitivity to their culture is essentially saying it’s our own
    fault that the troops are being killed because we weren’t nice enough
    to them,” Lopez said. “The fundamental refusal to acknowledge that
    the enemy fights because of what he says he fight for, which is Islam,
    is a failure by our professional leadership from Secretary of Defense
    Leon Panetta on down. Because of this, we have no strategy.”

    This year alone, more than three dozen attacks have killed 63 coalition
    forces. In an attempt to quell the attacks the Army report has issued
    a list of “taboo conversational topics.”]

    New Army Manual Tells Soldiers Not
    to Be Critical of Taliban…or Pedophilia

    [The draft leaked to the newspaper offers a list of “taboo conversation topics” that soldiers should avoid, including “making derogatory comments about the Taliban,” “advocating women’s rights,” “any criticism of pedophilia,” “directing any criticism towards Afghans,” “mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct” or “anything related to Islam.”]

    inch by foot by yard by mile.. 🙁

    [“Speakers addressed the around 50 individuals in attendance on themes ranging from the notion that pedophiles are “unfairly stigmatized and demonized” by society to the idea that “children are not inherently unable to consent” to sex with an adult. Also discussed were arguments that an adult’s desire to have sex with children is “normative” and that the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) ignores the fact that pedophiles “have feelings of love and romance for children” in the same way adult heterosexuals and homosexuals have romantic feelings for one another.”]

    Ayatollah Khomeini

    [“A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine, other sexual act such as forplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not comitted a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man’s four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl’s sister.”]

    the whole damn country is mental.. gah!!

    ==

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  • Patty

    Some Democrats Want to Talk Gun Control, but Many Don’t

    Democrats all over Washington issued statements Friday expressing sympathy and dismay over the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But amid the sadness, grief and shock one thing was clear — most in the Democratic Party did not want to inject a discussion of gun control into the day.

    Many Democrats blame gun control for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential loss and there has been an increasing reluctance over the past decade to push the issue to the forefront of American politics. In 2006, Democrats won a majority in Congress in part by winning in conservative areas with candidates who were proudly pro-gun rights.

    President Barack Obama alluded to gun control in his statement Friday, calling for “meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of politics.”

    “There is, I’m sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I don’t think today is that day,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said earlier in the day.

    Like Obama, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., also alluded to gun control. “Perhaps an awful tragedy like this will bring us together so we can do what it takes to prevent this horror from being repeated again,” he said in a written statement.

    Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Israel of New York avoided vague references altogether. His statement was purely sympathetic and stressed that Americans should “stand together with the community of Newtown.”

    But a few lawmakers did put the gun control discussion front and center.

    “Americans are sick and tired of these attacks on our children and neighbors and they are sick and tired of nothing being done in Washington to stop the bloodshed,” Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., a leading advocate of gun control, said in a written statement. “If we do not take action to address gun violence, shooting tragedies like this will continue. As President Obama said, we must act now ‘regardless of the politics.’”

    http://www3.atr.rollcall.com/some-democrats-want-to-talk-gun-control-but-many-dont/

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  • DecentAmerican

    This Admin let school security funding lapse…..Democrats

    Progressive groups pushed to prevent laws mandating mentally Ill patients get treatment before they commit heinous crimes…Democrats

    Ultra violent movies glorifying shooting and murder….Democrats

    Ultraviolent songs glorifying shooting and murder…..Democrats

    Ultraviolent groups and unions advocating violence is they don’t get their way politically….Democrats

    The Democrats MURDERED these children, plain and simple. The evidence is overwhelming, they have innocent blood on their hands. May Hell have fury for all of these demons.

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  • C

    I know it is chic to deny it, but this wonderful idea of legalizing drugs contributes to this. Even libs precious marijuana can cause psychosis.

    Also lib lawyers break their butts trying to get committed people out of the hospital systems. They fight involuntary meds tooth and nail. They lobby for laws (as do the families of many of these people) too keep them “free” of “restrictive measures”. And when they are dangeous, they say “fix it” and often expect it done without medication.

    Years ago, people who were paranoid and potentially violent, were kept away from those they could harm.
    Years ago, there were also consequences for behaviors and some level of personal responsibility. No, consequences would not have helped here, but there are many cases that they would.
    The dad said he was “struggling” to make sense of this. I wonder if he advocated to mainstream his sick child? I wonder if he argued with those who sought a pharmaceutical intervention? How about the deceased mom? She even took him to the rifle range! She taught a mentally disturbed boy to fire weapons.

    If society is blamed for this it is not weapons, it is the denial of the need to restrict and care for the mentally ill.

    And while I’m at it, we need to stop making bad choices into illnesses. Smoking pot and shooting up is a choice, but facilities do not get paid for lousy choices. And we can’t lock up the ill until they kill or maim.

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  • Larry

    Most of these mass killers have three things in common. 1) They have been taking mental psychotic drugs.
    2) They are hooked on violent video games
    and 3) they have no spiritual compass or bearings.
    These three problems cause a complete loss of reality and eventual wanting to do something to give them notoriety. The next mass murderer in waiting will target a day care center or a nursery.

  • john

    False. A bevy of laws dealing with bot voluntary and involuntary commitment in CT. Check the link. Sad and poor “journalism”.

    http://www.cga.ct.gov/2002/olrdata/jud/rpt/2002-R-0848.htm

  • Kevin Martin

    Good try, but Lanza lived in Jersey

  • IGotBupkis, Legally Defined Cyberbully in All 57 States

    Well, I believe the key issue here is not mere mudslinging. Just as I’d ask if “more victim disarmament laws” would have prevented this tragedy, intellectual honesty requires that I ask the same: Would this law have done anything to prevent this tragedy, if passed?

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