Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Mourners embrace Monday outside the Newtown, Conn., funeral home where a service was held for one of the 20 local schoolchildren killed Dec. 14. Readers take issue with a column critical of the NRA in the context of the tragedy.
Violent behavior is violent behavior. The fact that such behavior may be the result of illness is irrelevant to the intended targets of such behavior.
Surely our president can find a trillion or two dollars to establish a new department, the NMHPD (National Mental Health Police Department).
People would be trained in the correct way to approach a potentially mentally ill person, maybe wielding a knife, baseball bat, Mace can or even a gun. Just maybe he or she is intoxicated or a drug user/abuser.
But this highly trained mental health person would be trained to know the difference, and would have time to check the electronic device (handheld) to see what medicine this person is taking (or more likely not taking).
Now what does this highly trained mental health person do? He or she has probably been shot, stabbed or Maced by this time, and the mentally ill person has been taken to a facility where he or she is re-introduced to medication that he or she may or may not take in the future. And the cycle goes on!
There are some people who have a "short-circuit" within their brain or a chemical imbalance that makes it impossible to deal with them, and sadly, deadly force is the only answer in order to protect the public.
Maybe we can find a better answer, other than blaming the police departments. Just askin'.