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

Many pundits today may be wondering what it is about Barack Obama that is causing all of these mass shootings.
That’s a topic for another day.

Adam Lanza

What is clear, is that decades of failed liberal policy have made it difficult to force people with severe mental diseases to be treated or institutionalized. And, then we are all shocked when these same dysfunctional individuals go on a shooting rampage like we witnessed today in Newtown.

For Your Country posted this back after schizophrenic Jared Loughner went on his shooting rampage in Arizona that left several people dead and US Rep. Gabby Giffords seriously wounded.
It is just as true today.

It actually very hard to force people with severe mental diseases to be treated because of a range of reforms pushed by progressives starting in the 60’s:

  1. Ronald David Laing, a Scottish Psychiatrist, In the 60’s put forth the foundation of the Anti-Psychiatry movement. He maintained that schizophrenia was “a theory not a fact”. The popularity of Laing’s theories is blamed for decline in students entering the psychology profession.
  2. President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 Community Mental Health Centers Act accelerated the trend toward deinstitutionalizationwith the establishment of a network of community mental health centers and changes in laws regarding commitment.
  3. Kenneth Kesey, wrote “One Flew over the Cukoo’s Nest”based in part on Laing’s thinking (and his own intensive use of drugs). “Kesey did not believe that these patients were insane, rather that society had pushed them out because they did not fit the conventional ideas of how people were supposed to act and behave.” The Book,play, and later the movie, portrayed a anti-psychiatry philosophy leading to a public displeasure with residential mental facilities resulting in further deinstitutionalization policies.
  4. Deinstitutioanlization led to many legal and structural changes. American public mental hospital patients declined from more than 550,000 in 1955 to fewer than 40,000 at present. The displaced patients now represent 30-50% of the homeless populations.

As a result of Laing, Kennedy, Kesey and public efforts to transform the mental health care system to be more humane, to characterize mentally ill people as “Just thinking differently”, and characterizing mental health care as some form of evil, we now have a system that makes it virtually impossible to get folks like Loughner the care they need.

Deinstitutionalization policies driven by “do good” liberals and the federal government put focus on limited bad acts. Kesey wrote a story based on his LSD induced observations in one VA mental hospital. Once his story was put into film, his small example falsely characterized the bulk of mental health care as dehumanizing and made it impossible to force the Laughners of the world to get treatment.

Critics will focus on gun control after today’s school massacre.
The focus should be on failed liberal policies that excuse rather than assist extremely dysfunctional individuals.

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

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  • shadow

    “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

    … more often than not, with guns.

  • Sasja
  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    Yes, ban guns for American citizens, but give F-16 to the new Egyptian dictator. Easy peasy!

  • shadow

    What we need to ban are “gun free zones”.

    Fine. Whom to you propose we arm, the union thugs or the toddlers?

  • Sasja

    We all know those who want to kill are hampered when confronted by a little sign that reads, “no guns allowed.” Right? What this tells them is that there is a 99.9% chance no one in that establishment is armed and therefore is a ready-made shooting gallery. I ignore those little signs when I enter a building because I am not going to be cowering in some corner while evil is roaming the halls trying to kill as many people as it can.

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    I’m liberal, British and proud to be so

    Didn’t the British ban defending yourselves with your Offensive Weapons Act? As my British friends say, “BRILLIANT”!

  • John

    The statistics are here Sasja:

    We do have gun crime in the UK as in all other countries, but still a very low rate compared to the US. Who would seriously suggest that the way to lower it would be to allow all of our citizens to bear arms as the US does?

    To address some of the other comments. It is a naive, simplistic, knee-jerk reaction to say “lock them all up”. There are many different factors underlying these tragic events: anger, disillusionment, mental illness but as the vast majority of angry, disillusioned and mentally ill people don’t commit such acts I would still say that most are unpredictable. It has been stated that Adam Lanza was autistic. About 1% of the US population is autistic, that makes about 3 million individuals does it not?.

  • Brave Sir Robin

    Jimmy Carter’s 1979 Mental Health Reform Act really f’d up the system. It increased FedGov control (Yipeeee!! What could go wrong??), AND, as a whispered after thought, EXPANDED PATIENTS RIGHTS. That is: It made it much more difficult to institutionalize truly sick people.
    This led to an explosion in the homeless population, and yanked away the ability of family to commit dysfunctional people to a state institution.
    It’s amazing how many time bombs lib-tard administrations leave behind. Espcially Carter. Remember, it was Bill Clinton enforcing Jimmy Carter’s Community Lending Act that led to the mortgage crisis of 2008.

  • Arch

    The US Supreme Court has reaffirmed citizens’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self defense. If a government or property owner decides to restrict this Constitutional right, he assumes the responsibility to protect and defend those inside the prohibited zone. As in Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood and now Sandy Hook, the prohibitors have failed the prohibited.

    What happened at SandyHook? Adam Lanza, a deranged 20 year old gunman, killed his mother, took her legally registered weapons and drove her car to the school. Although the security had recently been upgraded and firearms were prohibited, Lanza broke the glass and forced entry. Lanza was the only armed person in the building.

    Suppose the person at the point of entry had been armed and properly trained. Lanza, who apparently knew the security procedures, might have opted for less secure target – a mall or theater. Had he continued, the entry guard could have used deadly force and none of us would have ever heard about the incident. Even without firearms, pepper spray or tear gas could have been used to disable the attacker until help arrived. Teachers should be armed and trained to protect the children in their charge. How could having armed school employees made this situation worse?

    These 26 murders were the result of too few weapons, not too many.

  • Sasja

    John, I had no problem finding another flawed list. Thanks for playing but you’re still all wet, Limey.

  • Dave in NYC

    For all of you nostalgic for the good old days when there was no school violence, please remember that the most deadly school attack in US history came in 1927 in the small town of Bath Township, Michigan. 44 people including 38 children were killed.

    There have always been depraved or insane people in our country. Somehow we have provided them with better tools for their mayhem while taking away the community support and observation that used to keep them in check. I’m not sure how we close that Pandora’s Box at this point. But partisan trolling of the sort that Jim is engaging in here is not the answer.

  • Kissmygrits

    #9 Dec 14th
    Oh, right, Edie, JFK was all things wonderful, just ask the Cuban people.
    I still keep coming back to the mom having 2 handguns and a rifle. Don’t know if she secured them or not, maybe the kid knew the combo or where the keys were since he gained access. Maybe the mom had a mental problem, too. After all those free the mentally unstable laws were enacted is when the homeless situation worsened. Didn’t some homeless guy just toss a man under the subway. Maybe Bloomie will outlaw subways next.
    We all should be praying for the families to be comforted in their horrible loss.

  • archer52

    My father spent his career in the mental health area specifically working within a state institution. Back in the seventies the effort to “normalize” the mentally ill frightened him. The thrust was to put them back into society and have caretakers monitor their health and interaction with society on a monthly basis.

    Now you have to understand, I grew up around these people. Some where retarded from birth in the form or severe downs syndrome and were not functional. Some were insane in the sense they suffered from schizophrenia and were dangerous both to themselves and others.

    Because of movies like mentioned above the public demanded these victims be released into the public. My dad used to shudder thinking about the outcomes. And as Jim mentioned many of the homeless are mentally ill. I dealt with them on the street and to say they were dangerous and unstable is an understatement.

    In New York at least once every two years we have some person shoved off a subway ramp into a train by a crazy dude, or stabbed or assaulted.

    This is, again, another end result of liberal good intentions gone bad and the Left will pivot, as they always do, and claim it was the guns that did it.

    In retrospect, if the facts are correct, here is a classic case of a person following the law- in Conn. the guns laws are very strict- and was assaulted and killed by someone known to her, who was unstable, and then those legally owned guns were stolen and used to kill innocent people.

    Those people were unable to defend themselves because of the liberal policies in Conn. and other places that prevent teachers and trained personnel from protecting themselves.

    Again, a result of the liberal mindset.

    Years ago, I told a group of people at a church during a police authorized event that we could not get there in time to protect them. That the first, the FIRST, line of defense against a lethal attack was them. That the first few critical moments were their responsibility, and that most of the damage to them or the bad guy would occur between them and the bad guy. Then the police would show up and do a damn fine report.

    I almost got fired.

  • BurmaShave

    Combining a couple of comments I saw on the Commentary web site:

    Liberalism is a form of mental illness. However, locking up lunatics would be a direct assault on Liberalism. So long as Liberalism is in control of academia, the media, the entertainment industry, and much of organized religion and government most lunatics are going to roam free.

  • jainphx

    Some here are saying that mental institutions were emptied by Reagan. This is false. The ACLU sued in court that the mentally afflicted were being incarcerated against there will. The Federal judge found in their favor and threw the doors open.

  • gwhh
  • gsrider

    All of these mass murders have enough sense to seek their victims in a setting where they are defenseless.
    The sweet innocent will soon be the pawns of progressive liberals to further their drive to rid the 2nd mamendment once and for all.

  • Daniel Radner

    This is not serious reporting. It’s tabloid reporting. Shame on you for trying to make this about politics. In fact, some of the self-righteous here are spouting the very kind of hate that causes people to commit these types of terrible acts. And for those of you who want censorship and to give up our freedom? …there are plenty of closed, religious countries you can choose to live in where the rights of all are controlled, people can’t say what they think, nor can they come and go, and women are treated like chattel.

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  • RL

    -This, from another thread, but also belonging here, if you all don’t mind….

    #6 December 15, 2012 at 11:20 am
    RL commented:

    > xkaydet65 commented:

    >The Left will wholeheartedly agree with this premise. The only way to prevent those with >undiagnosed mental illness from getting guns is to keep guns out of everyone’s hands. >Can you say ‘compelling state interest”?

    Agreed, just like it was those 6 million Jewish types loaded with those personal weapons that forced Hitler to come after them…er, wait….

    Let’s make sure that defenseless kids in the womb are regularly whacked on immoral whims with unwilling taxpayer money while conveniently taking each and everyone’s right to defend him or herself. We should force everyone to where special impact suits while driving or walking near roadways to avoid death from auto accidents.

    We’ve continued ceding all this regulatory idiocy to the government in the 50′s and 60′s, and always with the absurd unspoken ideal of some kind of immortality [somehow if we just ban this or throw money at that, we’ll all live happily ever after], when all it really amounts to is having a bureaucrat tell people they don’t have to have any Biblical “fear”, i.e, “respect” or “awe” for their own fallibility or mortality.

    Great results, huh?

    Progressive theft of human dignity from pathetic progressive busybody cockroaches.