I had written something else for today, but then I discovered that a 21-year-old Woodstock man had murdered eight people in three separate shootings last night.
Police identified the shooter, and somehow discovered he was heading south. He was arrested in Crisp County (county seat = Cordele) in a combined Georgia State Patrol and Crisp County Sheriff's Office pursuit. The location is a little more than halfway to Florida from the Atlanta area.
I'm a little confused about the locations where he committed the murders. The one a few miles from me had the word "Massage" in the business name; the other two , "Spa;" some of the articles have identified all three as massage parlors. We do know that most of the victims were female, and reportedly at least four were Korean. (And so far, Newsweek has the best information.)
I believe that it is inevitable that the same tired old arguments are going to be dragged out again.
One group will shriek "No more thoughts and prayers! Time to pass sensible gun control legislation!" and then move to ban, or restrict...something. Or, all things related to firearms.
One group will shriek "The only solution to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun!" and then decry any attempt to take action as un-American, wicked, and dictatorial.
And they will BOTH have missed the point.
I know this, because EVERY time there has been violence, they have missed the point. Actually, I don't think most of the Big Mouths on either side REALLY are invested in solving the problem. That's because it will require them to advocate for something that will IMMEDIATELY cost money.
The problem is mental health, and it's a problem because:
- Our country, and individual states, made the decision to get out of the mental health business
- A few private hospital groups discovered they could charge insurance companies $900/day to provide mental health beds (including addiction issues), and keep people in the hospital for a year or more
- Insurance companies finally got fed up at the ABUSE of the system, and cracked down under the umbrella of 'managed care.'
- You have reason to believe that someone is a danger to themselves or others.
- You report that to your doc, or the cops, or county mental health
- A designated professional person evaluates them, and makes a recommendation
- Pretty much, nothing happens.