The recent incident in Santa Barbara, Ca. brings a lot of thoughts, to share. For one, the National Mental Health System is weak and broken in this country. The laws are a blur, action when needed is far removed. This serious epidemic continues to escalate right beneath our eyes, and we do nothing. For example in this recent situation, the cops show up at this guys house before the killings. Do they search it no, better yet do they access a national gun control manifest to see if he owns guns, no. Does anybody jump in and put this kid under watch, lock him up, no. Why because with the screwed up laws in our country you can’t only if suicide attempt is being made. His father and mother knew he was off, yet did they grab anybody of authority, mental health specifically and raise the awareness for action to take place, no. Or let’s say they did, could an authority detain and examine this individual, maybe look at his videos and manifest, what about his 3 room mates that were killed? How does this stuff go on right underneath our noses, and not addressed? Again no proactive approach to these type of situations, no program in place, no funding to extend the program where it needs to be, including for our veterans who come back from the battlefield, torn and tortured mentally. Not enough, never to soon, too late! All of it.
When is this country going to wake up and realize that there is a problem facing us in every sector, a problem that needs to be aggressively addressed and not handled delicately rather abruptly and swiftly, and without hesitation. All the victims in this country, lives leveled by murder and torture, some could have been saved if we as a country took Mental Health with the seriousness that it requires. If more people got involved and actually talked to one another rather than text or emailed or social media. A convergence directed at those who need help could just save those who have died unnecessarily.
I blame the government Federal, State and Local. For not spending the money that is needed to put programs and shove awareness in each and every one of our faces. Too much emphasis on gay, racial or other political agenda. All of us are affected by this, and might just be an innocent victim someday. How about a national, and local hotline specifically for these kind of problems. Rather we have 911 lines for every single incident that happens, no specific for Mental Health problems and I am talking the whole circle of problems that are Mental Health related.
People react to stress differently, we don’t know what goes on inside another’s mind, we don’t know if one will “act out” their twisted thoughts or they are just thoughts. But in this case, the guy had been posting videos, wrote 140 pages, purchased multiple firearms and lived with 3 roommates. HELLO, enough signs for someone, or some institution to have taken a hint.