Monday, May 26, 2014

Elliot Rodger Proves Mental Illness Still Not High Priority In United States

While extremist continue to demand more or less gun control after Elliot Rodger goes on a murderous rampage in California, most people are rightly concerned about the lack of mental health treatment in the United States. Sadly, in America, the government is control by extremist who never seem to get the right balance when it comes to treating mental illness. I am old enough to remember the 1960's when it was easy to have someone committed to a mental hospital, even if they were not really sick. Then the movie “One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest” was release and laws everywhere were radically changed so almost no one could be confined to a mental hospital - unless it was their decision. It was wrong 40-years-ago to wrongly confine healthy people to mental hospitals simply because they were different. However, it is just as wrong to put innocent members of society in harms ways - because really sick people like Rodger are not taken off the streets. The United States of America really needs some moderate leaders who will work to find a common middle ground on this issue that will work.

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