Looking at the parallels between a number of tragic shootings in recent years, there seems to be a common thread tying them all together.
If you look at the Fort Hood shooting, the Virginia Tech shooting and the recent Tuscon shootings, each of the gunmen was familiar to authorities for abnormal and troubling behavior.
As the reports continue to come, Jared Loughner raised numerous red flags with his school, fellow students, authorities and the community at large. The similarities between this Loughner, Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho and Nidal Malik Hasan at Fort Hood are unmistakable.
No one that knew these men were shocked or in the least bit surprised. In fact, most expected it.
But political correctness has actually prevented intervention. Until the person actually does what most predict he will, which is to kill, nothing can be done.
In years gone by, persons showing such obvious signs of mental defects, to the point where human instinct kicks in to let us know there is something about this person we should fear, would be admitted to a psychiatric facility for evaluation, or permanent residency in severe cases.
But the liberal mindset has closed the institutions and turned the former patients into a population of the homeless by choice (as opposed to the homeless by circumstance). The ACLU has made preventative involuntary admission to a mental care facility obsolete, with disastrous results.
So now, the same liberals that have taken a protective tool away from us have now turned to blaming the right for these atrocities.
That is neither accurate nor productive.
Instead of using the deaths and maiming of innocents as weapons to advance liberal anti-gun and anti-free speech legislation, we ought to be working together to find an answer to the root cause of the problem – mental instability.
We already have gun laws on the books. And in the Tucson killings, political correctness is directly responsible for allowing Loughner the freedom to buy guns.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) does include a mental health check, but the current system has precluded any attempts to put a question mark on this young man’s mental records.
Admittedly, this is a slippery slope fraught with opportunity for abuse. So checks and balances must be put in place to make sure this abuse cannot happen. But we have made it nearly impossible to examine and treat the mentally ill until they actually harm either themselves or others.
And to be clear, simply tossing more money or advancing more health care legislation is not the answer. Nor should the answer lie with the Federal government. Each state bears the responsibility of ensuring the mental health check has a chance to work in concert with their state’s gun laws.
But when a student has had five run ins with police including one incident that prompted a professor to call 911, it is absurd that we, as a society, are prevented from demanding an evaluation of such an individual. This person’s outbursts have undoubtedly deprived his fellow classmates of their rights to an education (for which they are paying).
Concerning the Virginia Tech shooter, Medical News wrote:
The Virginia Tech massacre might have been prevented if university authorities had heeded “clear warnings of mental instability” from the shooter, found a state review panel report issued today.
A similar assessment will be issued in the Tuscon murders without a doubt.
Instead of blaming lax gun laws and rhetoric, we should be taking an honest look at where political correctness has taken us as if our very lives depended on it.