All the Mentally Ill Shooters Were in Treatment

We have seen a cascading avalanche of violence unfold since the events at Columbine showed us that a couple of dissatisfied teens could yield great force upon a school with easily acquired weapons of convenient distruction.   Which is most memorable?    Do you think more of Gabby Giffords and the great things she could do had not a mentally ill youth put a bullet in her brain while his parents tried to discern what he was up to.  Or, is the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre more memorable given how trapped the viewers were as a hail storm of bullets killed many and wounded more -- the one where his therapist thought it best the killer not be at school as he might be dangerous.  Or, is the thought of all the small six year olds shot to death at Sandy Hook more frightening, the images more poignant to imagine?  The one where his mom tried to find him a hobby, a gun shooting hobby that he used to kill her.  Or do we think of the more recent shootings near the University of Santa Barbara where the humbled young man with signs of autism grew more irrate that he could not find a date?  

I think of the common thread that all these youth were in therapy.  Some had been going since the third grade.  Others had seen numerous doctors, therapists, and mental health professionals for years in a quest to relieve the angst -- their own and that or their tortured family.  The parents had worked diligently to ask  friends for advice and to seek out the best therapists to work with their troubled, unhappy, mentally ill child.  

So, next time someone tells you that the child really needs to be in therapy, perhaps you should ask why.  There is no treatment plan, privacy rules prevent sharing information, and there is no success.  Just on going treatment.  Expensive, time consuming, treatment that yields no results and leaves dozens of people dead at the hand of troubled folks who spend money for nothing.



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