Monday, January 17, 2011
Jared Lee Loughner Finally Reaches America's Mental Health Care System
That's what constitutes mental health treatment today south of the line. You wait until the lunatic buys himself a gun (or a knife, or an axe, or a van full of explosive), whacks somebody or a lot of somebodies, then you send him for treatment, either for life or the full cure by death chamber needle.
Given the result of the Daily Kos poll that found 13 per cent of Tea Baggers believe violence against their government to be justified, maybe it's time that all American gun owners were put through some rigorous psychiatric assessment. All of them, every last one. Loughner showed that a complete nutjob has no trouble getting a Glock 19 with 30-round extended magazines.
How many Jared Lee Loughners are wandering around, armed to the teeth, waiting to snap? Judging by the turnout at Tea Party rallies, there are probably a lot more than anyone wants to even think about.