Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shot in Arizona Jan 12, 2011 14:37:18 GMT -4
Post by gillianren on Jan 12, 2011 14:37:18 GMT -4
One with, at bare minimum, a very flawed view of how mental illness and mental health care work. A lot of the examined assassins hadn't seen a mental health care professional prior to the assassination? Of course they hadn't! That is not actually a significant indicator as to whether or not they were mentally ill, or anyway not as significant as they're claiming. How often have we said around here, "You can't force them to get help"? Unless their relatives have some reason to believe that the people are a danger to themselves or others, there is no way to force an adult to get mental health care.
What's more, having convinced a mental health care professional after a brief examination that they're perfectly normal doesn't mean they are. I know how to hide my symptoms. I don't have any reason to and every reason not to, but a friend of mine in pretty much exactly my situation is still hiding his, because he doesn't want it made official that he's bipolar. The more time you spend around him, the more obvious he is that there's something wrong with him, but the examinations I underwent routinely when I was working my way through the Social Security bureaucracy were generally an hour long or less. I can "pass" for that long.
What's more, they say that you can tell that people weren't politically motivated if they weren't members of political organizations and then mention Lee Harvey Oswald. At the time Oswald shot Kennedy, he almost literally had no social contacts. Czolgosz was at least in part inspired by anarchist rhetoric, but other anarchists basically hid under the couch when he knocked on the door to be let into meetings, because they thought he was nuts.
What the article fails to understand is that a need for attention so great that you'd kill to get it is a symptom of mental illness.