The media act as if they're performing a public service by refusing to release details
about the perpetrator of the recent mass shooting at a community college in Oregon
. But we were given plenty of information about Dylan Roof, Adam Lanza, James Holmes
and Jared Loughner
Now, quick: Name the mass shooters at the Chattanooga military recruitment center;
the Washington Navy Yard;
the high school in Washington state; Fort Hood (the second time) and the Christian college in California
. All those shootings also occurred during the last three years.
The answers are: Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, Kuwaiti; Aaron Alexis, black, possibly Barbadian-American
; Jaylen Ray Fryberg, Indian
; Ivan Antonio Lopez, Hispanic; and One L. Goh, Korean immigrant.
(While I'm here: Why
are we bringing in immigrants who are mentally unstable
There's a rigid formula in media accounts of mass shootings: If possible, blame it on angry white men
; when that won't work,
blame it on guns
The perpetrator of the latest massacre, Chris Harper-Mercer, was a half-black immigrant, so the media are refusing to get too specific about him. They don't want
to reward the fiend with publicity
But as people hear details the media are not anxious to provide, they realize that, once again: It's a crazy person
. How long is this going to go on?
When will the public rise up and demand that the therapeutic community stop loosing these nuts on the public?
After the fact, scores of psychiatrists are always lining up to testify that the defendant was legally insane, unable to control his actions. That information would be a lot more helpful before
the wanton slaughter.
Product manufacturers are required by law to anticipate that some idiot might try to dry his cat in the microwave. But a person whose job it is to evaluate mental illness can't be required to ascertain whether the person sitting in his office might be unstable enough to kill?
Maybe at their next convention, psychiatrists could take up a resolution demanding an end to our absurd patient privacy
and involuntary commitment laws.
True, America has more privately owned guns than most other countries, and mass shootings are, by definition, committed with guns. But we also make it a lot more difficult than any other country to involuntarily commit crazy people.
Since the deinstitutionalization
movement of the 1960s, civil commitment in the United States almost always requires a finding of dangerousness—both imminent and physical—as determined by a judge. Most of the rest of the world has more reasonable standards—you might almost call them "common sense"—allowing family, friends and even acquaintances to petition for involuntarily commitment, with the final decision made by doctors.
The result of our laissez-faire approach to dangerous psychotics is visible in the swarms
of homeless people on our streets, crazy people in our prison populations and the prevalence of mass shootings.
According to a 2002 report [PDF
] by Central Institute of Mental Health for the European Union, the number of involuntarily detained mental patients, per 100,000 people, in other countries looks like this:
- Austria, 175
- Finland, 218
- Germany, 175
- Sweden, 114
- England, 93
The absolute maximum number of mental patients per 100,000 people who could possibly be institutionalized by the state in the U.S.—voluntarily or involuntarily—is: 17.
Yes, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center,
there are a grand total of 17 psychiatric beds even available, not necessarily being used. In 1955, there were 340.
After every mass shooting, the left has a lot of fun forcing Republicans to defend guns. Here's an idea: Why not force Democrats to defend the right of the dangerous mentally ill not to take their medicine?
Liberals will howl about "stigmatizing
" the mentally ill, but they sure don't mind stigmatizing white men or gun owners. About a third of the population consists of white men. Between a third and half of all Americans have guns in the home. If either white men or guns were the main cause of mass murder, no one would be left in the country.
But I notice that every mass murder is committed by someone who is mentally ill. When the common denominator is a characteristic found in about 0.1 percent of the population—I think we've found the crucial ingredient!
Democrats won't be able to help themselves, but to instantly close ranks and defend dangerous psychotics, hauling out the usual meaningless statistics:
- Most mentally ill are not violent!
Undoubtedly true. BUT WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT ANOREXICS, AGORAPHOBICS OR OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVES. We were thinking
of paranoid schizophrenics
- The mentally ill are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violence!
I'll wager that the percentage of the nation's 310 million guns that are ever used in a crime is quite a bit lower than the percentage of mentally ill to ever engage in violence
As with the "most Muslims are peaceful" canard, while a tiny percentage of mentally ill are violent, a gigantic percentage of mass shooters are mentally ill.
How can these heartless Democrats look the parents of dead children in the eye and defend the right of the mentally deranged to store their feces in a shoebox, menace library patrons
—and, every now and then, commit mass murder?Ann Coulter is the legal correspondent for Human Events and writes a popular syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate. She is the author of TEN New York Times bestsellers—collect them here.Her book, ¡Adios America! The Left’s Plan To Turn Our Country Into A Third World Hell Hole, was released on June 1, 2015.