John F. Kennedy was a true advocate for the mentally challenged among us. I would not for a moment challenge his sincerity on the issue. He ment well. He understood the abuse and neglect that these people endured every day. He had a true compassion for such people because his own sister was mentally ill, and institutionalized for most of her life.
I firmly believe that there were those who have such problems that are capable of becoming part of society, and able to support themselves. Often these persons are monitored by support networks connected to local Mental Health Agencies. These agencies know the warning signs and in most case intervention is successful. Many of these people are in homes that see after their needs, by caring compassionate persons who have dedicated their lives to assuring that these challenged individuals, who are harmless to society and others, can live a life shelter and protected, but still participate in normal society. This is just as important. However, there are those who are not capable. They are a time bomb, and serious psychological disorders that bring them to the snapping point.
Adam Ryan was one of those persons. I can not tell you what went wrong in his mind that Friday morning when he murdered his mother, and then proceeded to a small town elementary school and forced his way in, murdered the principle as well as other adults and 20 children who were innocent, and had no idea what was happening and or, about to happen to their very young life. These children should have had the opportunity to spend Christmas with their families, friends and loved ones. They should have enjoyed the festivities of Christmas. The warmth of the holiday season. The love of their parents, as well as grandparents. It was Christmas, a holiday that should not have been missed. It is all ruined now.
For in a few mere moments, an obviously, mentally deranged angry young man without hesitation snuffed out these children’s lives. In a heartbeat, Christmas 2012 became a horror story that none of us will ever forget, and parents will forever mourn. For them, at least Christmas will never, ever be the same.
President Obama said, quite well in deed, that these senseless murders have got to stop. In each case the perpetrator was a mentally ill sociopath in grave need of serious psychological intervention. There were those around them who knew full well something was not right. In many cases it was quite obvious that they had become a danger to society. That ment they were not only a danger to themselves, but a danger to all those around them. But we as a society stood by. We as a society said nothing, we took no action, and kept it to ourselves. Then, when something horrific happened we said something like “There ought to be a law”!! Two, three weeks later, we forgot the horror of the events that had occurred and moved on as if nothing had happened.
The same dangerous, mentally deranged people stayed in society. Building up the abnormality, acting out, striking out, or just went silent, until whatever it was that pulled their trigger erupted again, resulting in more mass murders. Then once again, it was back to that old declaration “There ought to be a law”. The question is when will society finally say enough. Perhaps this time. Maybe society will demand that their elected officials concur that something must be done to protect society from these individuals who so desperately need our help.
I have always opposed the deinstitutionalization of Mentally Ill Patients. There are those whose emotional disorder can be controlled by proper treatment and medication. But then again there are those who are medicated, released from hospitals and then quit their medication, fall through the cracks, and eventually something tragic and horrific like New Town Conn. happens. The issue is not as much gun control as it is patient control. Guns do not kill, people do. That gun did wonder into that school that Friday morning and pull its own trigger creating the horror left behind. A mentally ill man named Adam Ryan did that. He pulled the trigger. What was going through his mind will always be a mystery. I don’t think any of us will know. What happened that morning that caused him to snap and murder his own mother in cold blood, we might never know. What caused him to pile assault weapons into his mothers car, and go to that school to do what he did will never be truly understood.
What we do know though is that there are more Adam Ryans out there who might snap at any moment, and do the same thing again, snuffing out innocent lives for no reason at all other than they were angry and someone, or some demon inside that they could no longer deal with.
As a society, we must make it clear that this is the crux of the problem. The problem is not guns, it is the deranged people who pull the trigger of those guns that are the problem and it is high time that we….as a society demand that these people are removed from society.
I won’t attempt to define how we identify these people. I won’t attempt to express how such people are determined unable to cope with normal society, and are judged no longer able to live within with our normal social structure. That is for others. But we must start somewhere, we must start today, because the next time it might be your child, or grandchild, or your spouse, or parent, or perhaps even you with a gun pointed at you.
That’s my point of view, and I look forward to your insights on the issues of the day.
Have a good night America, and pray for the parents and loved ones of those lost in New Town.