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Category Archives: Acts of Violence
A three part series by Liberty Speaks
Violence and Blame
Part Three: Hypocrisy
In the wake of these shootings where do we go from here? Which path do we take to escape such unsolicited gratuitous evil? Who or what do we blame for the actions of an individual that disrupts our society in a manner that is contrary and hostile to our beliefs? How do we survive and prevent future Loughners, Hyde’s, wounded police officers, and devastated families? How do we prevent another Newtown? In order to answer these questions, like any malignancy that plagues us, we first must realize we have a problem. The answer does not lie in the fact that there are guns, whether they are revolvers, shotguns, AR-15′s, or pistols. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A DERANGED WEAPON. A gun is a tool like any other inanimate object, and after all, a hammer is just a hammer until someone picks it up and has the intent to use it against their fellow-man as a weapon.
No. The first thing we must understand with mass shootings such as these is that all were committed by those who suffer from acute mental illness. This is not to say that all homicides in the US are committed by the mentally ill. Only about a 1000 homicides a year can be attributed to those with acute mental disorder. However, when talking mass shootings such as Tuscon, the Hyde murders, Virginia Tech, Aurora, and Newtown, mental illness is at or above a 95% affliction rate in these offenders. This is where we begin to answer those questions. What we can do and what we should not do.
Recognizing one problem: Untreated mental illness
An individual with severe mental illness, when diagnosed and treatments and medications have been put into place, can live and function with relatively normal lives just like the rest of us. Some illnesses require more intense treatment than others, some only therapy sessions, others with medication, however, there are approximately 3.5 million mentally ill in the United States who go untreated. One segment of the population that see’s it’s share of mental illness and criminal activity is the homeless. Out of our nations homeless population 1/3 suffers from mental illness.
Sargent Carol Oleksak, now retired from the Albuquerque Police Department, understood too well even before being shot by Duc Mihn Pham; how mental illness affects those specially the homeless. She spent most of her career working in some of the toughest area’s of the city. Though she did not know Pham before he shot her, she had contact with many of Albuquerque homeless many of whom are mentally ill. From the PoliceOne.com article:
“I always wanted to work in the worst part of town,” Oleksak said. She had arrested many people like him: mentally ill transients who were arrested over and over, only to be released after they were found incompetent but not dangerous.
After Sgt.Oleksak was shot and after a long recovery, not only did she find a new cause in her heart but she came to forgive her attacker. Knowing individuals like Pham needed help, Sgt. Oleksak began a campaign to advocate for the mentally ill in New Mexico even winning through N.A.M.I (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) the Sam Cochran Compassion in Law Enforcement award for her efforts in opening up a conversation on the homeless and mental illness. She believed the system had failed Pham and others like him, and wanted to help change that system so she advocated for the inception of Kendra’s Law in New Mexico.
The law, which originated in New York, allowed for courts – after extensive due process – to order a certain group of narrowly defined individuals with serious mental illness who already have a past history of multiple arrests, incarcerations or needless hospitalizations to accept treatment as a condition for living in the community. Before Kendra’s Law, the law required people so ill they refuse treatment to become dangerous before they can be required to accept treatment. Families felt the law should prevent dangerous behavior, rather than require it. However, the law was struck down after a ruling that the ordinance “pre-empted current New Mexico State Law requiring consent from either the patient or a guardian before treatment could be given..
Oleksak said the state needs some version of the law, tailored specifically to New Mexico’s needs and dealing only with people who are found to be a danger to themselves or others. -PoliceOne.com
Though Sgt. Oleksak is now retired enjoying life on her ranch, she still stays involved with N.A.M.I. helping the mentally ill. Oleksak says, “It’s not that they’re criminal, they need to have some sort of help.”
Agreement: New gun laws will not stop violence
It has been nearly 8 years since John Hyde went on his rampage killing five people, including two Albuquerque Police officers. If there was a group of people in our society who think would be screaming for gun control and tighter restrictions it would be our law enforcement, but you would be wrong. Ironically, those on the front lines who respond to acts of violence, overwhelming understand, that legislating new restrictions and gun bans will not prevent future Newtowns nor prevent those with bad intent from getting a hold of guns, or any other deadly weapon for that matter.
PoliceOne, an online resource for Law Enforcement officers with over 400,000 members, conducted the most comprehensive survey ever in March of this year utilizing 15,000 verified law enforcement professionals. The Survey, focused on gun control, gun violence, gun rights, officer safety and mental illness. The results, it likely came quite as a shock to legislator’s and anti-gun advocates a like.
The take away was this: Continue reading
Woke up this morning to the news that overnight a manhunt for Suspect #1 and #2 sought in the Boston marathon bombing was underway.
We’ve seen how unreliable and inaccurate the media can be with breaking news lately, so none of what I post here is to be taken as Gospel. Got that?
This will be a rolling thread with updates added as information is reported. Here are the basics as reported at this time (10:07 am EST): Continue reading
A three-part series by Liberty Speaks…. Violence and Blame Part Two: Surviving In part one of this series Violence & Blame I discussed the knee jerk reactions, rushes to judgement, and how the pundits and politicians turn to blaming tragedies … Continue reading
I am submitting this post with little comment. My heart breaks thinking about this. My prayers go out to the families of the injured and the dead. This is not a time for politics. This is a time to come together and do what needs to be done for those who need us.
Important Links First, more via REDDIT:
Google person finder: http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/
Redcross Safe and Well: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/zf/safesearch/search
FBI and Boston police need info from witnesses. 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) then prompt #3 ”
These links below are in no particular order. Disgusting ghoul links are at the bottom.
NRO: Boston Marathon Updates, The Explosion
Atlantic: Stories of Kindness After the Bombing
Instapundit: BREAKING: TWO EXPLOSIONS AT BOSTON MARATHON
NY Post: Terror attack strikes Boston Marathon, more than 130 injured; person of interest ID’d
Daily Caller: Shocking video shows Boston explosions, Twin explosions rock the finish line of the Boston Marathon [SLIDESHOW]
Lucianne: Child aged EIGHT among two dead as ´suspect´ is held after TWO bombs explode at race finishing line, leaving 132 more injured
Newser: Boy, 8, One of 3 Killed in Marathon Bombing
Daily Mail: Boston Marathon bomber planted SEVEN devices but only two went off
Mail Online: Boston Explosions: Eyewitnesses reveal horror of aftermath of bomb blasts
Twitchy: Boston police reportedly on lookout for ‘darker-skinned male,’ possibly foreign national
AP: Security beefed up worldwide after Boston blasts, History of US bombings, failed attempts
Zero Hedge: Stunning Video Of Boston Explosion
Anchoress: Pray for Boston Victims, First Responders
Sister Toldjah: #WeAreAllBoston – Please pray for Boston and the #BostonMarathon victims (UPDATED
Doug Ross: Boston Marathon Attack Map: Before and After Photos [Graphic]
Reason: Video Sums Up the Horror of the Boston Marathon Blasts
VodkaPundit: PHOTOS: Two Explosions at Boston Marathon
Powerline: One Word on the Boston Massacre
Hot Air: Boston bombing, late-night thread: FBI takes over investigation as Boston cares for the wounded; Update: Authorities say JFK library fire likely unrelated; Update: Injury toll over 140
The Blaze: Read Actor’s Inspirational Message on Humanity’s Inherent Goodness Following Marathon Bombings, How You Can Help in the Wake of the Boston Marathon Tragedy — and What Others Are Doing Also: Marathon Mayhem Video #8: Clearest, Closest, and Loudest Video of the Blasts Yet More videos HERE.
PJ Tatler: Horror: Explosions, Injuries at the Boston Marathon (Update: Boston Police Deny that Any ‘Person of Interest’ Is In Custody)
Jammie Wearing Fools: Explosions Rock Finish Line at Boston Marathon; Update: 12 Dead, Saudi National Held as Suspect
Legal Insurrection: Explosions at Boston Marathon finish line
Ace: BOLO Out for Suspect
The Other McCain: When You Report Breaking News, Be Like Joe Friday: ‘Just the Facts, Ma’am’
Lonely Conservative: Chaos, Terror At Boston Marathon After Explosions – Updated
Gateway Pundit: Boston Update: 5 Undetonated Explosives Found in Boston Area and Saudi Man in “Custody”
Atlas Shrugs: “Authorities question Saudi national in Boston attack”, VIDEO: Live footage of Boston Marathon Jihad bombing
Nice Deb: Boston Massacre: Up to 12 Dead, 60 Wounded As Explosions Rock Boston Marathon Finish Line
Weasel Zippers: Chair Of House Homeland Security Committee Says Police Have “A Person Of Interest In Custody” Related To Boston Bombing, Video From CCTV Shows Man Planting Bombs Used In Boston Terror Attack, Also -WARNING – Gruesome Video.
SooperMexican: Video, Pictures of Explosions at Boston Marathon; Possible Terrorist Attack
Iconic Surrealism: Raw Footage: Bombs Explode At Boston Marathon Numerous Injuries & Casualties Updated: 3rd Bombing At JFK Library [Image]
Wizbang: Bombs Explode at the Boston Marathon
CNN: Obama makes statement on Boston bombings
And then there were the idiots…
Twitchy: No, these are not photos of child killed in Boston Marathon explosion
Twitchy: Detective Chris Matthews speculates on tax day, JFK connection to Boston bombing
Twitchy: Another Boston Marathon Truther: Cynthia McKinney blames police for bombing
Breitbart: Fat, Drunk, & Matthews Is No Way To Go Through Life, Son
Breitbart: Politicizing tragedy, Michael Moore on Boston Bombings: ‘Tax Day. Patriots Day.’
Reason: Less Than Four Hours After Boston Bombings, There’s a Theory For Whatever You Want
Hot Air: Video: CNN’s Blitzer indulges in the irresistible urge to speculate
Right Scoop: Chris Matthews: Domestic terrorists tend to be on the far right
Gateway Pundit: Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah Cheer Boston Marathon Bombings, Jordanian Islamist on Boston Bombings: “Happy to See the Horror in America”
Atlas Shrugs: Muslims Praise Boston Bombing
The Blaze: With Absolutely No Evidence, Alex Jones Calls Boston Marathon Explosions a ‘False Flag’ Operation Conducted by the Gov’t