Mental Illness and Mass Killings

As usual, no mention of the drugs peddled by mega-corporations to children and young adults contributing to the rash of mass murders. We wouldn’t want to upset that advertising revenue that keeps the mainstream media afloat.


Guest Post by Rick Jensen

If only gun bans or background checks could have kept Elliot Rodger from murdering six innocent people.

He passed three background checks for gun purchases despite having seen mental health counselors for years. This in a state where people are banned from having access to a gun if they are institutionalized, even briefly, or make specific threats while in counseling with a psychologist, psychiatrist or licensed therapeutic counselor.

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Sadly, supposed adults around the country publicly sought other people and objects to blame for this tragedy.

Predictably, politicians and liberal media pundits came out screaming about guns, somehow overlooking the fact that Elliot killed his first three victims with a knife and planned more carnage by using his car as a weapon.

A reactionary, emotional columnist at the New York Daily News went so far as to blame the NRA for Elliot’s murderous rampage.

An equally reactionary, emotional Ann Hornady at the Washington Post blamed Seth Rogan and Judd Apatow for the killings based on their sophomoric comedic movies.

Rep. Peter King (R) of New York fulminated over the failures of congress to pass a background check law while Elliot passed California’s background checks.

Liberal media all across the nation trumpeted banning guns, which has already been tried in Chicago and Washington D.C., where gun bans resulted in more gun violence.

Some people blame the police who interviewed Elliot at the request of his father because Elliot was able to charm the police. The police had no probable cause to search his apartment.

It also wasn’t their job to look at his videos, according to forensic psychologist Dr. Katherine Ramsland. They did their duty.

Dr. Ramsland is a university professor of forensic psychology who also teaches criminal justice. She holds a master’s in forensic psychology, a master’s in clinical psychology and a master’s in criminal justice. She had written 50 books and 1,000′s of articles.

Since we would all like to prevent tragedies like this from occurring, I asked Dr. Ramsland how it might be done.

She says not all anti-social behavior is potentially deadly. Killers like Rodger and Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook Elementary School) often have a multitude of mental afflictions. And while both have been reported to have Asperger’s syndrome, people who happen to have some level of Asperger’s are not violent. They may get as frustrated as anyone else who having trouble communicating, but it is not an indicator of any violent behavior.

When someone does make specific threats against specific people or targets, especially indicating specific times for the attacks, that is when friends, family or acquaintances should immediately seek professional help for that person before they cause harm.

Someone without the professional training should not try to counsel the person themselves.

Elliot’s parents followed that prescription at least twice.

Dr. Ramsland advice is sound and unsatisfying to those who seek simple solutions such as banning inanimate objects or institutionalizing everyone who exhibits behavior they find troubling.

Among the families suffering the wrenching, senseless loss of their loved ones’ lives are the parents of Elliot who have been wrestling with their son’s mental illness for years. They were the first to reach out to police through a mental health hotline back in April when they discovered his disturbing videos.

Elliot Rodger’s father, Peter, is correct in his tearful statement that more needs to be learned and publicized about mental illnesses.

We can ban cars and guns and knives all we like but the illness seeking its devastating outlet remains, finding other tools to achieve its deadly desire.

3 thoughts on “Mental Illness and Mass Killings”

  1. Notice how all the gun control advocates are either politicians with taxpayer-funded armed security or are sanctimonious liberal blowhards who live in high end gated communities?

    I dare these people to wander defenseless into the bad part of town. All the blather about passing more gun laws won’t mean dick the first time they’re confronted by a gang of thugs.

  2. “You will never guess what the fifth and sixth best-selling prescription drugs are in the United States, so I’ll just tell you: Abilify and Seroquel, two powerful antipsychotics. In 2011 alone, they and other antipsychotic drugs were prescribed to 3.1 million Americans at a cost of $18.2 billion, a 13 percent increase over the previous year, according to the market research firm IMS Health.”
    —Dr. Richard A. Friedman, in an article published by the NY Times on September 24, 2012

    Later in the article, Dr. Friedman stated that Big Pharma spent $2.4 BILLION dollars in 2011 on advertising in print and electronic media for antipsychotic drugs. And that’s JUST the antipsychotics. The money figures for anti-depressants (SSRIs) are probably even bigger.

    Now you know the problem. It’s a deliberate fucking conspiracy of silence with the politicians joining in because of the big bucks flowing into their campaign coffers from pharma and media companies.

    “It’s a big club, and you aren’t in it.”
    —George Carlin’s observation on Your Owners

  3. This country breeds psychopathology. Obama is a narcissist, sociopathic psychotic, and they made him president. The liberal progressives, and our leaders in general, are insane. There is no other word to describe what they are doing.

    There is no reality anymore, you can’t believe the news of any sort. You can’t believe what the government says, especially the statistics. You can’t believe what teachers tell you, because they have an agenda. You can’t believe 99.5% of the shit on the internet. Where is a person supposed to go to become grounded in reality?

    The USSA is a giant illusion, economically, politically, spiritually, and intellectually. Totally and completely divorced from reality. And people take pills and drugs to escape this artificial “reality”, they stare at their phones 24/7, they eat themselves to death to escape this artificial reality. People take SSRI’s and anti-psychotics because they live in a state of unreality, and want to do whatever they can to fill the void in their souls and their brains, uncaring and unknowing of reality, of which they can’t ever get a glimpse.


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