N. Texas father: It's 'a matter of time' before mentally ill son kills
FORT WORTH, Texas -- "I think we are all scared of him," Russell Staley said.
He fears his own son.
"He can go from charming to psychotic in a snap of a finger," Staley said.
There's a good body of evidence that this is a very troubled person who needs constant psychological care. Yet they were scheduled to dump him into a halfway house where he would have no supervision as to when he comes and goes - and it would be up to him to take his medication.This is, quite simply, madness. This is a recipe for a spree or serial killer here, a psychotic with charm, another Ted Bundy in the making.
His own family fears him and has been trying to keep him in a secure facility, yet the state seems hell-bent on releasing him. The article references this story, which has a comment that tells you all you need to know about just how serious the legal system really is about preventing mass murder:
Former District Judge John Creuzot took at look at the case. "Unfortunately, we are doing all the system allows us to do," he said. "The system just does not allow us to do enough, and you have a person like this that is unmanaged and uncompliant out on the streets... he can do anything, and we don't know until he does it."This is a person who - by all accounts, whether it be mental health, law enforcement, or his own family - should be in a secure facility with around-the-clock medical and psychological care. Yet, for reasons that are unstated but can be assumed to be budgetary, the state seems intent on tossing him back out on the street, unmonitored, and leaving him there until he finally does manage to kill someone.
And you know if he manages to steal a gun and shoots someone, this will be used as a reason we need gun control.
The system is waiting for him to kill someone before they take permanent measures. Whether it's a single victim, a long series of victims, or a mass murder, someone - or several someones - will have to die before he is finally treated appropriately. Even then, a halfway competent defender could make a convincing insanity defense - and then who knows how long he'd be treated before they deem him cured and let him go again?
We do not have a gun control problem in America. We have a criminal problem, a criminal justice problem, and a mental health problem. Our politicians have chosen to claim that we have a gun problem. They laughably claim that just one more law is going to stop the violence, end the bloodshed, and save countless lives - all the while countless mentally ill across the country are released to halfway houses or relatives or simply let out on the streets.
A more cynical person would wonder if they're trying to create the perfect storm for more gun control as more and more violent mentally ill people live out their deadly fantasies...
That is all.