The Arizona Shooter - not the Aurora shooter
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|Wed, 08-08-2012 - 8:13pm|
Early reports on the Aurora, Colorado shooting leads me to believe that a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia is involved.
Previously, in the Arizona shooting, the one Gabby Giffords was shot in, the shooter also appears to have schizophrenia.
Sadly, recent news reports that after a year of forced medication against his will the Arizona shooter is now thinking clearly enough to be deamed "competent to stand trial". Fortunately, he is now well enough to plead guilty in order to avoid the death penalty.
It is a sad commentary on our society that people who have brain disorders which prevent them from trusting others and/or knowing anything is wrong, can only be treated toward normalcy if they commit a violent act. Then, of course, they are held as accountable as any free thinking person, and punished accordingly. We are willing to treat and medicate them so that they can be fully aware of the prison life. We are not willing to treat medicate them so that they can be fully aware of freedom without illness symptoms or even to treat them in order to reduce the risk of violent behavior. Horribly sad.
Given the choice between having a loved one of mine shot like Gabby Giffords or stricken with schizophrenia like the shooters, I'm not sure which I would pick. In many ways, I think being shot is the easier sentence. Neither is easy and/or fathomable.