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September 17, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Read this and tell me that we didn’t.

Do you have the impression that mass shootings are happening more often? Your impression is correct. In 2000, the New York Times published a detailed survey of 100 “rampage killers” who committed mass killings between 1949 and 1999. Of the 100, 73 had taken place between 1990 and 1999. Two other studies have also reported a definite increase in such shootings over approximately the past 25 years.

So why are they happening? Approximately half of them are caused by individuals with untreated severe mental illness. For example, this was true for the shootings at Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, and Newtown and, based on preliminary reports, may also be the case for the Navy Yard shootings. Over the past half century we have emptied out our state mental hospitals so that today we have only 5 percent of the public psychiatric beds compared to 50 years ago. And in discharging the patients, we have failed to insure that they get ongoing treatment.

The culprit: The Community Mental Health Centers Act, signed into law with good intentions by President John F. Kennedy.

What if we don’t have a “gun problem” or even a “video game problem,” but a soul problem that we’re treating with political correctness and chemicals?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I might be going out on a limb here. But concurrent with the shuttering of our mental hospitals is the rejection of a faith based culture. The Ten Commandments really are a valuable social underpinning of an order society. If "Thou Shalt Not Kill" "Though Shalt Not Steal" and "Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness" are rejected by society than anything goes. "Honor thy father and thy mother" doesn't really work when one or more of them aren't part of a child's upbringing.

Moving on to more New Testament teachings, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is also a lost concept.

Look. I'm no Bible thumper and I haven't darkened the door of a house of worship in my entire adult life, but those very basic values were instilled in me as a child by my parents.

Children haven't been getting that message for decades.

The liberals have been instilling the new religion of "get what you got coming", "personal disrespect should be met with force" and other victimological bullcrap as a replacement for the golden rule, and turn the other cheek is completely absent from the victimoloical liturgy.

Liberal progressives are responsible for all of this societal/cultural shift that has degraded us into societal rot, violence and horror.
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"Look. I'm no Bible thumper and I haven't darkened the door of a house of worship in my entire adult life, but those very basic values were instilled in me as a child by my parents."

I've had bouts of churchgoing but not at present. I'd like to think I'd be making more of an effort at it if I had kids.
29 weeks ago
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A "soul" problem. Yes. It's a leadership problem which gets back to a voter problem.
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That's the price of freedom. Sure, we'd be safer if we lock up everyone that might be a danger to society.

But we'd be putting a lot of people away who didn't deserve to be. There's no shortage of horror stories about people being committed and essentially ruining their lives, imprisoned and tortured trying to "cure" them.

Best thing we can do is try to minimize the effects of a mass shooter - get rid of gun free zones, for instance.
30 weeks ago
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Maybe the President or somebody should look into this healthcare thing.... Oh never mind.
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It took two to tango on this one...yes liberals had naive expectations on what would become of persons released or never-to-be admitted into closed institutions, however those that would be considered fiscal conservatives looked at de-institutionalization as a way of cutting government payrolls and selling state property.
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I guess the value of the Act depends on a) how much better "mental patients" in general have done under its agenda and b) how much money governments actually saved by following it.

I have no idea about the latter. Regarding the former, I know that a certain percentage of mentally ill people ended up on the street rather than in "Community Mental Health Care Centers." And I know that a certain percentage have committed atrocious crimes. So what are the actual numbers?
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