A judge ruled that the man accused of opening fire on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is unfit for trial due to severe mental illness after the man randomly said, “thank you for the freak show. She died in front of me.” Six people were killed and 12 were injured in the January 8 attack. His victims included a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge.
And a question arises: How is a man who is “gravely mentally ill” able to roam the streets? Jared Loughner, 22, showed unambiguous signs of mental illness long before the Arizona shooting. The man was suspended by Pima Community College last year after he posted a video of himself on Youtube calling the college “my genocide school.”
Lougher was convinced that grammar is a form of mind control. Despite this, the suspect intensely believed in literacy. His Youtube writings said that “the majority of people, who reside In District-8, are illiterate – hilarious. I don’t control your English structure, but you control your English grammar structure.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that “scores of emails released Thursday by the college reveal numerous troubling encounters involving Mr. Loughner.” A college official wrote that Loughner had “poor insight, poor judgement, no behavioral inhibitions.” He added that students “think he is dark and creepy.”
Similarly, Eric Bellucci, 31, killed his parents with a hunting knife after he stopped taking his antipsychotic medications. The young man’s parents wanted to enroll him in a long-term program but Bellucci refused treatment
Thomas Scimone, 48, who suffered from bipolar disorder, was shot and killed by police late last year when he set fire to his Long Island home and threatened to kill firefighters after he was allowed to go off of stabilizing medications. His sister Pat Scimone told the New York Post, “when Thomas predictably would go off treatment or reduce his medications and start to deteriorate, the mental-health system failed to help or involuntarily hospitalize him despite my family’s begging, pleading and cajoling.” She added that “if Thomas admitted himself to a mental hospital voluntarily, he’d be discharged prematurely, free to go off medications and needlessly deteriorate again.”
Pat Scimone told The New York Post that the Young-Gunther bill, an extension to Kendra’s Law, ”smartly requires mental-health officials to look at the records of the mentally ill who are being discharged from jails and prisons and those of hospital patients who were “danger to self or others” to determine if they need court-ordered treatment. That might have helped my brother. The bill would also require officials to investigate when families like mine provide credible information that a loved one is mentally ill and in need of treatment to prevent deterioration.”