Public Interest

Another school shooting with tragic results.  The leftist narrative naturally focuses on the issue of guns, not the shooter.  Maybe it is time for a different focus.  Guns are not the cause of violence in schools and movie theaters; guns did not cause the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords; guns were merely an instrument of terror and mayhem.  The cause of such shootings was something else entirely.

No thinking American should be surprised by mass shootings perpetrated by high-school aged teenagers.  What should surprise everyone is that there are not more of these tragedies, the cause of which are not firearms but rather the systematic over-medication of teenagers and young adults, and a system that shields the identity of individuals who pose a clear and present danger to public safety.

The numbers of people who are exactly like Jeffrey Lee Loughner, Adam Lanza, James Eagan Holmes, and Nikolas Cruz should worry us.  They are seriously disturbed young people, all of whom were treated with behavior-modifying drugs and mainstreamed in America’s public-school system.  Why we do not know who they are, or the dangers they impose until after they’ve perpetrated horrific crimes, is that their identities are protected by state and federal statutes.

Interestingly, both Holmes and Cruz obtained and used other instruments to help them perpetrate chaos at the scene of their crimes: tear gas and smoke bombs.  We should conclude from this that even though they are dangerously psychotic, they were also devilishly clever in putting together their plan for the destruction of innocents.

Let’s do some math.  Presently, there are 20 million high-school aged children.  Of these, between 6.9 and 7.2% suffer mental health issues, which include developmental delay, emotional disturbance, intellectual and mental health debilities.  The scope of behavioral abnormality is quite wide, ranging from youngsters with histories of trying to harm themselves, to harming their peers … and some of these behaviors are quite disturbing.

We don’t know who these people are, nor even the extent of their psychosis because the law protects their identities —even when the public has an interest in knowing who they are and the dangers they impose.  Yet, psychotic students are mainstreamed in public school classrooms, subjecting normal students to great risk without the knowledge of tax-paying parents.  When incidents do occur in schools, education officials cover them up or address them in such a way that no one knows who was involved or how school officials addressed the matter.

We are informed of the existence of dangerously psychotic individuals after incidents such as Sandy Hook or the Douglas High School shooting —but only after the fact, when the damage has already been done, and only then in the context of the instrument used, not the cause of the violence.  If we apply the lowest percentage of mentally impaired students in the United States today, we are faced with the potential for 1.4 million similar acts of violence.

A thinking American should ponder why this is so.  I found this video and lifted it from my friend’s blog at Always on Watch.  It is both thought-provoking and relevant.  The issue isn’t guns; the issue is that state and federal officials have decided to medicate and mainstream psychotic students rather than treating them within mental health facilities.  There is a reason for this, and it won’t provide the reader with any good feelings about our state and federal governments.

What you will not hear in the conversation about how to best protect our children is this: if the government requires us to send our children to public schools, which are little more than laboratories for progressive experimentation, then it is the government’s responsibility to protect innocent children from psychotic populations (which they nurture). If villainous students knew that teachers were trained and armed to protect student populations, schools would no longer be soft-targets for terror.

Public interest should take precedence over any right of anonymity of dangerously psychotic students in the same way that the public has a right to know where predators of children are living in their communities.

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30 Responses to Public Interest

  1. Kid says:

    That sums it up very well. Good read.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mustang says:

      Thanks, Kid …


    • drysdale says:

      First, the Constitution on the subject rights to bear arms is not relevant in a true Democracy.
      Second, a villain will always be a jump ahead of the Law in finding softer targets.
      Third, in consequence of the aforementioned, the only choice is to eradicate the sale of guns to the public ( with the exception of strictly controlled gun clubs )
      Until this is achieved the rest of the world will continue to perceive the USA as a dangerous and lunatic society. God bless the American people in their quest to overcome evil.


    • Mustang says:
      First, the USA is a Republic, not a democracy.

      Second, a villain will continue to bully others until someone stands up to him or her.

      Third, the consequence of trying to deny Americans possession of guns are several: civil war, for starters, and a nation not unlike any European country where only the government has guns and the people have no right of self-defense. BTW, prohibiting the private ownership of firearms was one of Hitler’s first acts as Germany’s Chancellor. Good luck with that.

      Last point, no good American gives a damn what the rest of the world thinks of the USA. Apparently, you missed the entire issue addressed in this post. Guns are instruments; they can be used for good or evil. What you should hope for is a society that takes seriously the horrendously large number of adolescent psychopaths. Deal with that problem in a thoughtful way, and you won’t see incidents of mass murder. Although, I do suppose a deranged idiot could use a machete to achieve the same effect. Maybe someone like that just needs a hug …

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    • kid says:

      drysdale. perhaps you’re not aware but:
      England, who have been disarmed for decades is #1 in Europe and #2 in the World for violent attack crimes. Why? Well the vermin know everyone is disarmed and easy targets. Seems simple doesn’t it?
      Too many links to post here, Just plug “england #1 in violent attack crime” into your favorite search engine.

      If the USA didn’t have S Chicago, Baltimore, Ferguson, and other ghettos where people are bred strictly for the purpose of casting a democrat ballot, the USA would barely show up on a list of countries with gun related homicides. A town in Texas that boasts the highest number of guns per capita has zero gun related homicides.

      Following? You must back up your claims with actual data. Can you do that? I await.

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  2. geeez2014 says:

    ”The concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense,” said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago’s Rush University Medical College. “The vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness.”

    I’d just seen and put in my comments page this ridiculous sentence from an article about how stupid Trump is for even suggesting mental illness has a play in crime!….and Kid directed me here.
    Of course, Dr. Kraus makes a lot of money seeing people he MEDICATES so of course he doesn’t see the correlation!! I’d seen this video and find it unconscienable if gov’t and PARENTS, don’t heed its call.

    I’m glad you have a new post up!

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    • Mustang says:
      I am not sure that I agree with Dr. Kraus when he argues that the majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness; he is only speaking from the standpoint of a legal definition of sanity within our courts, and I should note that the legal definition was contrived by none other than the psychiatric profession. People who murder others, even in moments of irrational passion, must be at least temporarily insane. Then, given the number of predatory murders that take place in Chicago, where Dr. Kraus lives, the only explanation that makes sense to me is that these monsters are dangerously psychotic, if not criminally insane. Of course, considering the totality of mental illnesses, he is probably correct to say that in most cases, mental illness is not a precursor to violent behavior. I think he is incorrect to apply his claim to behaviorally disturbed young people who appear incapable of rationalizing their own repugnant behavior. Moreover, any physician who treats a sucking chest wound with a band aid should lose his license to practice medicine; I would suggest that Dr. Krauss has forgotten his Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm.

      Thank you for your comment, Z.

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  3. First, thank you for lifting the video from my site. Spread the word.

    Second, this should make people stop to think about just how dangerous mainstreaming certain students is:

    the issue is that state and federal officials have decided to medicate and mainstream psychotic students rather than treating them within mental health facilities.

    Furthermore, there are not consistently-effective treatments for psychotic children. Having personally dealt with two formally-diagnosed sociopaths in my classes — and probably one more, although I haven’t seen the medical paperwork, I know for a fact that the treatments tried yielded no positive results. I’ve lost contact with the first two aforementioned students and have deliberately cut off all contact with the last aforementioned student and his parents, whom he is physically abusing on a regular basis. One of these days, we’ll be reading about him in the headlines: he plans to attend community college in Maryland. I have the distinct hunch that his application to that community college will not include many details which should be included.

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    • Mustang says:

      If society seeks to label those who pose a danger to children, pedophiles, for example, then that standard should also apply to teenaged/early-adult psychopaths who seek to harm others. Not doing so is no less than Political Correctness run amok.

      Thank you for the link, for your excellent contribution to this discussion, and your friendship of many years.


  4. Imyourhuckleberry says:

    Great read indeed, excellent facts. It’s a sobering, eye opening world we live in today, more than anytime in our history. Evil continues to reveal itself in so many different ways, almost as if it HAS to. Darkness cannot exist in light and the more people who wake up and take their blinders off the more light will be cast. Thanks for spreading the light.

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  5. Baysider says:

    One of the canards flying through the media so fast it brings to mind the old saw that a lie can make it half way around the world while the truth is getting its boots on is that there have been 18 “school shootings” this year. The anti-gun puppets never fact checked this.

    NOT SO! That info comes from a gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, that even the Washington Post gives 4 Pinocchios to. They are basically always wrong. Example from their “18”: One of the “school shootings” involved a Greyson College, Tex., student who accidentally discharged a weapon at the school’s Criminal Justice Center during a class supervised by a police officer on how to use handguns. And so it goes.

    See the whole list here.

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  6. Imyourhuckleberry says:

    drysdale: I’m often puzzled how frequently many Americans, and even politicians, refer to the United States as a democracy. Ironically, Democrats would loathe a true democracy the most. In a democracy the citizens vote directly on laws, which the thought of would give any current Democrat a bad case of the trots. In the United States, elected representatives vote on laws – and, therefore, the U.S. is a republic.

    That addresses your first point, your second and third points contradict each other a bit. I agree totally that a true villain will always be a jump ahead of the law in finding soft targets. Having said and believing that you can’t possibly think the way to solve this issue is to eradicate the sale of guns to the general public except gun clubs. Would the villains you speak of not STILL be a jump ahead of the law in acquiring any weapon they wanted to do the evil they looked to do? Perhaps they could break in to one of the gun clubs we still sell guns to. Not trying to berate you, but simply look at Chicago, Washington DC, hell look at Australia. They got rid of all their guns, crime skyrocketed.

    Radical Liberal asses twitch everywhere at the quote “an armed society is a polite society” but I would have to assume that’s because it’s true and nothing unhinges a radical leftist like the truth. The 2nd Ammendment is every bit as relevant today as it was when it was written. “Well yes, but that applies to muskets and cap and ball pistols NOT automatic rifles” Really? That’s like saying the 1st Ammendment doesn’t apply to Twitter or the internet or television for that matter.

    Do you honestly not see how disarming a law abiding majority would yield catastrophic disastrous results? The only thing stopping desperate bad actors from walking in to most homes and taking what they want is the thought of having their balls blown off by a 12g shotgun, or yes, an AR-15. Take that away and you have Australia, where couples are tied up in their own homes at Knife point or yes, gun point and robbed blind and/or murdered. How’s that possible? Australia destroyed all their guns by law. I guess it comes down to those pesky, step ahead villains.

    There are probably more than a several things you’ll NEVER take from an American. Certainly though, at or near the top of that list is their f-ing gun.

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  7. A spot-on comment I found on blog rounds this morning:

    Treating CRIMES as school discipline issues is guaranteed to result in more and more violent crimes because it enables thugs to victimize innocents.

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  8. In the event that every legal gun was confiscated, there of course would still be illegally owned weapons.
    When faced with an assault by one of those weapons, the assaulted would probably be wishing if not praying that he or she had a similar weapon.


  9. Baysider says:

    And @ AOW – treating school discipline issues as NOTHING (remember last administration) is guaranteed to result in more of same.

    Mustang, love that MA quote. A problem of the left is refusing to recognize ‘evil’ (except, perhaps, when it’s suits them to throw mud on people they disagree with). It’s not be ‘evil’ these last 2 generations but bad circumstances. You know … the lyrics from West Side Story suffice, when the delinquents explain to Officer Krupke why they’re deliquent:
    Gee, Officer Krupke, we’re very upset; We never had the love that every Child oughta get
    We ain’t no delinquents. We’re misunderstood. Deep down inside us there is good!
    This boy don’t need a judge he needs an analyst’s care.
    Society’s played him a terrible trick.

    While upbringing matters, of course, the refusal to call evil evil is – well – evil. And prevalent on the left.

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  10. Pablo says:

    When Special Education law was passed in 1973 (I think) it encompassed two extremes: Gifted and Talented students at the top end and handicapped (mentally or physically or both) at the other. No one imagined how that law would shift over the years.

    A father of a victim in the Florida shooting nailed it when he commented there were two issues: School Safety being paramount and guns being the second.

    I suggest school safety and the safety of the population are inseparable. Disturbed children become disturbed adults and may act out at any developmental period.

    Some men and women simply should not procreate. That is such an explosive political and rational concept it can’t be discussed.

    What we can discuss is removing children from the least restrictive environment to one that is restricted. Gun control is a parental responsibility until it becomes a legal and community responsibility.

    The emotional herding of our national sheep is a frightening thing to observe.

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  11. Important information here, including the following:

    2011/2012 Broward County School administration made a policy decision to block the arrests of students in order to improve their education statistics.

    I know for a fact that the school systems here in the D.C. Metro Area have the same policy of obfuscation — and for the same reason as above. Mustn’t let the real-estate taxpayers know what is going on in the public schools systems which these taxpayers fund.

    Additional information (a different link from the one above).

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  12. Baysider says:

    Yes – EVERYONE should read. Even I was shocked.
    21. Well it didn’t take long for criminal gangs in Broward and Miami-Dade to realize the benefit of using students [who wouldn’t be arrested] for their criminal activities. After all, the kids would be let go… so organized crime became easier to get away with if they enlisted high-school kids.
    22. As criminals became more adept at the timing within the offices of the officials, they timed their biggest crimes to happen after the monthly maximum arrest quota was made.

    What on EARTH were they thinking? Isn’t this completely obvious upon the slightest moment of reflection? Preferably beforehand?

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    • Mustang says:
      Politicians … from police officials to school board members are staunch advocates of this maxim: “If we can’t dazzle them with our brilliance, then by all means let’s baffle them with our bullshit.” I think you will find that school administrators routinely hide the kinds of issues that will result in a loss of state or federal funding. This makes most (no exaggeration here) school systems corrupt in exactly this way. What’s one more agreement with local police to hide juvenile crime if the statistics makes us all look good?


  13. Andy says:

    Like everyone else in their right minds, I support the Bill of Rights, all ten amendments. So, I wary of banning weapons. But Congress felt that it must regulate machine guns because they were simply too lethal. I’m not certain that assault rifles don’t have that same characteristic. It’s something to consider.

    I oppose arming teachers for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that a potential shooter would no longer need to bring a weapon to school. He could simply walk up to an armed teacher, hit her in the head, and take hers. How do we stop that? Lock up the weapons? No, because then the teacher will not have immediate access to their firearms. Teachers already have too many duties; adding armed security guard to that list might be a bit too much.

    School security and curbing gun violence are a complex issues. They need a multi-dimentional approach. Addressing the underlying psychology of shooters is a good start. But it can’t stop there.

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    • kid says:

      Arming teachers.. Last I read it would be purely voluntary and the teachers (or staff) would undergo 135 hours of training and shooting exercises. Will there be problems? Of course. In the final analysis I think even jsut having lead headed back towards a shooter will save lives or students. I’m for it under these terms.


    • kid says:

      all spelling errors are intentional.


    • Mustang says:

      @ Andy

      You’re right, of course. The federal government did regulate machine guns. It didn’t outlaw them, because you can still buy a Ma Deuce … if you’re willing to pay a hefty federal tax. I do take exception to the term “assault weapons.” Anything can be used as an assault weapon-from a soup spoon to a motor vehicle, and in spite of the number of highway deaths in the USA every year, I don’t hear people clamoring to remove them from public ownership.

      I agree that not every teacher would be suitable to carry a concealed weapon; it isn’t something Milly Milquetoast would want to do, but then I would also assume that if a teacher was willing to place him or herself into that position, there would be a proper amount of training and re-certification to keep their skills. I’m happy to let states decided this issue (and individual teachers).

      As I argued earlier, the issue in my mind isn’t so much guns as it is a broken system in the arena of mental health. It’s time the government stepped up to that plate.

      Thank you for weighing in with thoughtful commentary.


    • Mustang says:

      @ Kid

      I’ve observed school security on several campuses. This was more than 20 years ago, and at that time, these people (all males) were unarmed. Their primary focus was on hitting on female students, so I’m not sure rent-a-cops are what we’re looking for, either. Neither, apparently, are certified law enforcement officers who lack the courage to confront an armed shooter. Time will tell.


    • kid says:

      Mustang, it has been a while since I was in high school. When I was in it was no surprise that a male teacher would “jack you up against a ceramic tiled wall’ if he thought you were misbehaving. So….. I’m far removed from evaluating today’s teacher credentials regards ability to handle a firearm in a QRF situation. Still I have to think from 5 to 10 % of them could at least return fire downrange and keep some kids from being killed while SWAT comes by and hopefully engages rather than hides behind trees outside..

      I will tell you this, having never served in military, but having been shot at by a railroad dick once: If I was confident the cops would not shoot me and if I were armed, I would have ran into that school, looking for cover areas and opportunities to put some lead into the vermin, ever present of background as well.

      Vermin piss me off and I will throw my life up for grabs to take any of them out at anytime. I would be present of mind to make sure I was targeting the bad guy as well even if that was watching the vermin shoot an unarmed person. I think that would be proof enough. Just to say, I think some people do it and some people don’t. The broward people are in the don’t category.


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