• Fri, Dec 21 2012

#nothelping: NRA Calls For ‘Active Mental Illness Database’ & Armed School Guards Instead Of Gun Control

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The National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre called for armed guards at every school, and an “active mental illness database” to prevent shootings in today’s NRA Sandy Hook press conference. His strongest focus was on promoting armed defense–”The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said after explaining that no one at Sandy Hook Elementary School could stop gunman Adam Lanza because they weren’t armed. But he also slipped in several other arguments, including mention of the fact that there’s no “active national database of the mentally ill”…This isn’t exactly what I meant when I said that we should take a closer look at mental health care in light of Sandy Hook.

LaPierre admonished the media for promoting violent entertainment and trying to conceal the “callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people” before mentioning the idea of a national database of

How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame — from a national media machine that rewards them with the wall-to-wall attention and sense of identity that they crave–while provoking others to try to make their mark? A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?

The Washington Post has already poked holes in his logic, pointing out that 38 states already have their own active mental illness database–and that hasn’t prevented the escalation of violent shootings like the ones in Newtown and Aurora this year. (For what it’s worth, the UPI also pointed out that armed guards were present at Columbine High School, where one teacher and 12 students were killed by two of their classmates). According to their article, “The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits gun sales to individuals who have been committed to a mental institution or ‘adjudicated as a mental defective,’” but it’s fairly ineffective due to problems with mental health reporting, and the fact that the federal government can’t demand that state agencies report data, or how they do it.

The NRA mental illness database idea is impractical, but it’s also just not the solution to a mental health care system that doesn’t offer adequate support to parents and kids who need it. Registering names onto a national database hardly helps families who can’t afford mental health care, and it won’t provide support for individuals who suffer behavioral or mental health issues and don’t know where to go for help.

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  • …her?

    That’s a familiar solution. First we catalog them, then we round them up…

  • Shimie

    The NRA should have enough guts to go after the actual culprit. The Pharmaceutical companies… they are powerful, entrenched and more powerful than the NRA. It is the biggest money going, there is an unholy alliance between the Pharmaceutical industries, Psychiatry and the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and their connection to the placement of mental health professionals(loose term) in our schools. TGoal 4Early Mental Health Screening, Assessment, and
    Referral to Services Are Common PracticeRecommendations4.1 Promote the mental health of young children.
    4.2 Improve and expand school mental health programs.
    4.3 Screening for co-occurring mental and substance use disorders and link with integrated treatment strategies.
    4.4 Screen for mental disorders in primary health care, across the life span, and connect to treatment and supports.You also need to be aware of teen screen Goal 4Early Mental Health Screening, Assessment, and
    Referral to Services Are Common PracticeRecommendations4.1 Promote the mental health of young children.
    4.2 Improve and expand school mental health programs.
    4.3 Screening for co-occurring mental and substance use disorders and link with integrated treatment strategies.
    4.4 Screen for mental disorders in primary health care, across the life span, and connect to treatment and supports Teen screen has an 84% false positive meaning questions like. Do you ever feel nervous when speaking in front of a crowd. A question almost everyone will answer yes to. Meaning 84% of teenagers will be tagged as depressed and will then be at risk to being placed on SSRI Antidepressants. Please start looking into the connection.. they are making people sick… There is a website tracking the violence http://ssristories.com/index.php you will find 8,400 cases showing the violence connected to SSRI antidepressants. Don’t fall for targeting people who have had an illness induced psychosis by big pharmacy and psychiatry. Help them get off them and shut this filthy business down. Open your eyes America.

    • KTP

      Shimie, I applaud you for this post. your comment is probably the only one I have come across in this entire debate in wake of these terrible tragedies that pinpoint the real rootcause of the issue at hand. I am shocked that this obvious link is not being discussed at all through articles in major media sources such as the NYT, WSJ, Washington Post etc. Somehow this needs to be brought to the forefront of the debate so that Biden’s taskforce can come up with concrete recommendations.