Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Navy Yard massacre

From page A4 | September 20, 2013 | 13 Comments

It is pretty clear from the background information dug up by newspapers on Aaron Alexis, 34, that he had become what psychiatrist and columnist Charles Krauthammer called a paranoid schizophrenic. Hearing voices, saying three people were sending microwaves through the walls keeping him from sleeping. Classic paranoid schizophrenic.

And a paranoid schizophrenic with weapons is absolutely dangerous. Alexis was not officially identified as someone with mental problems and was thus able to legally buy a shotgun in Virginia. Twelve people were killed Monday in the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard, including a security guard from whom he took a pistol.

He entered Building 197 at 8:15 a.m. and reassembled an altered Remington 870 Express pump-action shotgun in the fourth floor bathroom. By 9:20 a.m. when a D.C. police officer shot him in the head, Alexis had killed 12 and injured three. Strange messages were carved on the butt of his shotgun. The Remington Website says the 870 Express comes in either a 12 gauge or 20 gauge. We assume he bought the bigger 12 gauge.

Mother Jones Magazine has listed mass shooting back to 1982, a total of 70, with the least number killed being four. The Navy Yard shooting makes five shootings for this year. Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker counted 28 in the past seven years and noted, “Half of the 12 deadliest mass shootings have occurred since 2007.”

The ones that really stand out are 28 killed in Newtown, Conn., last December; 12 in a the Aurora, Colo., theater in July 2012; 13 in Ft. Hood in 2009; 14 in Binghamton. N.Y. in 2009; 33 killed at Virginia Tech in 2007; 10 killed by a 16-year-old in Red Lake, Wisc., in 2005; 15 killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in 1999; 24 killed in the Luby’s massacre in Killeen, Texas in 1991; and 24 killed in a McDonald’s in San Ysidro in 1984,

“Even so, for the sake of perspective, these represent a tiny fraction of total gun deaths,” Parker wrote. “They’re more horrific, so we take greater notice. But they represent less than 1 percent of all gun deaths between 1980 and 2008, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Indeed, nearly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides (19,392 of a total of 31,672 in the U.S. in 2010).”

What really ties these mass shooting together, Columbine excepted, is that they represent the acts of lone gunmen and they are all somewhere on the spectrum of insanity.

What really is needed is for states to enact tighter restrictions on people with mental problems from getting guns. We realize most states don’t allow those with proven mental problems from purchasing guns. That’s not good enough. When Aaron Alexis called the Newport, R.I. police Aug. 7 to report people were speaking though the hotel’s walls, floor and ceiling and were sending microwaves into his brain to keep him awake, the police sergeant made a report to the naval station police. Reports like that have good odds of falling through the cracks, which is what happened in this case, so far as we have learned.

With better state laws the police could have invited Alexis to the police station to make a report and had a departmental psychologist evaluate him. From this he could have been flagged as not allowed to purchase weapons until he can convince a psychiatrist in court that he is in full possession of his faculties and should be taken off the no-purchase list. If carefully administered, we would even support a national registry of those prohibited from gun purchases by reason of mental defect, so long as the state putting a person’s name on the registry has an appeal process and a way to remove a name from the registry if an appeal is positive.

Prohibiting the schizophrenic from purchasing weapons is only half the battle. As illustrated by the Newtown, Conn., case and the big shootout in Shingle Springs seven years ago that seriously wounded two deputies, schizophrenics can obtain weapons from family members. In both these cases the shooter first killed a family member and then took the weapons. Schizophrenia is largely genetic and manifests itself in young adulthood.

The trouble is parents of someone turning schizophrenic can’t look at their offspring dispassionately. They remain protective and don’t recognize the danger of keeping weapons in the house. Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary describes, in part, schizophrenia: “There is an altered concept of reality, and in some cases delusions and hallucinations.” A paranoid “develops extensive delusions of persecution.” It is incumbent upon the friends and neighbors who recognize the development of aberrant behavior to report it to law enforcement so they may make contact, perhaps bring a psychology consultant along. This is the only true solution. Observation and contact, and inquiring if there are weapons in the house. Determine the risk and provide advice, but maintain regular contact. Urge treatment, and urge removal of the weapons through sale or transfer to a relative out of the area.

Mountain Democrat


Discussion | 13 comments

  • This is my story this is my song...September 19, 2013 - 10:41 am

    Throughout my life I have been abused. Throughout my sons lives they too have been abused. I just adopted a dog through the Sacramento County Rescue. This dog has been rejected, returned twice to the animal rescue. Nobody wanted him. Yet, I did! My home is full of rejected and abused people, children, family members, including my new dog & myself. I have had to teach my sons not to retaliate from the abuse of others that they encounter, The same now goes for teaching my dog who wants to bite and nip out of fear of what he has experienced from his past 11/2 years of life that has caused him trauma and anxiety. Right now as I write this my oldest son is recovering from a very bad head injury. A injury he sustained right here in E.D.C. from someone he never knew. Sadly, this was a person/kid who did not know my son, but the person/kid decided he did not like my son nor did he like his face at that moment. The person/kid was high on drugs and alcohol "schizophrenic". My husband and I picked up our oldest son the next morning from Mercy Hospital ALIVE THANKFULLY! Yet with dried blood all over his clothes and clamps going down the back of his head from his head being bashed into a concrete wall by this person/kid, and my son had blacked out as he tried to run from the "schizophrenic"-drug induced alcoholic. Now, Thankfully that situation is in the E.D.C. D.A.s hands now. The person is a recent graduate of Pondo. My son is not. This person, he needs help. I pray for him. Yet, now I am also helping my son to heal...Sadly, yet again, a few months later, while my son has now left E.D.C., and he is back at school. In his 2nd. year of college. My son is living in his new college student housing. My son was fast asleep, sleeping soundly, all alone in his apartment, when my son was awoken by yet another person (different one) who was also "schizophrenic", yes, high on drugs and full of alcohol. The person had broken into my sons apartment, and was completely naked as my son awoke to the person/student of the college hovering over him, yes, my son. My son then grabbed his pocket knife that my husband, had 'just so happen' to find a week before this incident while my husband was going through the stuff in our garage. My husband said to me as he showed my our sons knife he found and my husband then decided to drive it up to our son at his college student apartment. Thankfully, my son had a weapon and defended himself with the pocket knife that my husband had 'just so happen to find' that my son had for this very bad incident. My son, as a child had used it for camping, fishing, eating, with the family. Now it was for survival. The police came as my son called them. The police found the naked person/student hiding in my sons bathroom apartment. My son then drove all night as he could not sleep after that bad incident only to talk with me and to then fall into his bed here at home. Thankfully My son is ALIVE! Yet again my son is unharmed and safe. Thank God! All I See And Can Say Is; "It is time to get the drugs and alcohol off the streets, And Out of the schools! But, 1st. and foremost Get The Drugs and Alcohol FROM OUT OF THE HOMES! If You Complain About Me And This Email Then Search Your Own Life! Your Own Heart! Your Own Motives! Do you hear me parents people and guardians of any child!? I am Trying To Raise My Sons In A Bad World Full Of BAD PARENTS! No, I DO NOT allow alcohol or drugs in my home! SO Why Do You? EVERYONE, GET THE ALCOHOL AND DRUGS OUT OF THE HOMES! STOP! STOP DOING THIS BAD EXAMPLE YOURSELF! IT STARTS IN THE HOME TO STOP DRINKING! STOP DOING THE BAD DRUGS! While these bad things, situations have happened to me, and my family, and even in the PAST to my dog, all I can do NOW, and continue to do NOW is to teach my sons to forgive, and not to retliate back to the ones who are hurting them, and abusing them. It is what I have have done all my sons lives. It is what my own parents taught me to do. Turn the other cheek. My parents never drank alcohol nor did they do bad drugs! Ever! We went to church every week. Do I blame these person/students? No, It is to no fault of their own. IT IS LEARNED BEHAVIOR! LEARNED IN THE HOME! It is All in God's hands. TAKE YOUR KIDS AND YOUNG PEOPLE TO CHURCH! & Now, here on earth -I will continue to let God & the E.D.C.- D.A. handle the person who almost killed my son here in E.D.C. My son will heal, I hope. The College handled the other person/student. Sadly though, the ones who have lost their lives from others like Aaron in the Navel Yard who have "retaliated" who were "schizophrenic" and "drug induced/alcohol consumed, None of these people will ever recover. Not here on earth at least. Lord God Have Mercy On Our Children, and Our Young People!

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  • America Lives As Freedom DoesSeptember 21, 2013 - 12:27 am

    These shootings are arranged, staged and set up by the powers that be to increase public support (or apathetic acceptance) for anti-second amendment laws and gun confiscation. First it became felons who are not allowed to possess guns even if they didn't commit harm against another and even if they have turned their life around and are reformed. (For misdemeanor convictions the prohibition is ten years.) Now they are going after another class of people to restrict their right which is protected under the Bill of Rights. At the time the Bill of Rights was written there were those who would be deemed mentally unstable too but the framers of our country new how vital it was to establish protection for certain basic rights. If the people continue to allow their rights and the rights of others to be eroded then one day (if not already) you too will be deemed prohibited from a right that should be protected and not violated.

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  • EvelynSeptember 21, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    America Lives: Thank you for writing:"If the people continue to allow their rights and the rights of others to be eroded then one day (if not already) you too will be deemed prohibited from a right that should be protected and not violated." Over the past 12-16 hours there has been much discussion about comment content and presentation. Freedom of speech is a messy business, the responsibility for which falls upon each of us. We need to find our own voices and at the same time preserve the rights of others. In this forum it is impossible for commenters to know who is present other than those who leave a written trail. ********* Though off-topic, I'm leaving a 3-minute video here of a parent being arrested at a Common Core meeting for speaking out of turn.

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  • EvelynSeptember 21, 2013 - 1:44 pm

    . . . and here is the article "School Supers have parent arrested from Common Core meeting".

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 21, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    Evelyn September 21, 2013 - 1:44 pm . . . and here is the article "School Supers have parent arrested from Common Core meeting". Good article. If people hate the new program--they can buy into faster net--and distance teach...oh wait....more incentive money being offered....broadband.

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  • cookie65September 22, 2013 - 4:32 am

    Evelyn, you make an excellent point. Those who choose not to exercise their free speech have attempted to dictate ours. They don't comment but they want to have control over those of us who do.

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  • cookie65September 22, 2013 - 4:46 am

    Very disturbing video Evelyn, seeing all the other parents obediently sit in their chairs and witness what was happening tells me just how much freedom the people have given up. I guess progress and forward don't mean what they used to mean. The people have been systematically trained not to question government. Liberalism was based on questioning all authority, it has declined and been redefined into handing over all authority to our slave masters.

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  • cookie65September 22, 2013 - 4:50 am

    The fed money to initiate common core was just a teaser. School districts all over the country are having to spend millions more to bring leftist indoctrination via live feed to the classroom.

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  • cookie65September 22, 2013 - 5:01 am

    The Navy Yard massacre is very instructive for those of you to slow to pick up on how the American left operates. They came out of the gates decrying guns, guns, guns and then dropped it like a hot potato, both the leftist politicians and the leftist media. Do any of you 1/2wits bother to ask "why"? Of course you don't, doing any of your own thinking and making any of your own observations was trained out of you years ago.

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  • cookie65September 22, 2013 - 5:06 am

    Evelyn, in the common core article you posted there is a reference to "a three-plus year informational blackout on common core". I am hoping either Kirk or Dink can explain.

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  • EvelynSeptember 22, 2013 - 12:21 pm

    Cookie: (1) Yes, the video (and the reality) is more than a little disturbing. We fool ourselves thinking this doesn't / can't happen locally. (2) It's not for us to "invite" people into the conversation. First, we don't even know they're present. Secondly, to do so would be the height of presumptuousness -- we don't own, or claim to own, the conversation or the space. We just show up. It would be wonderful if others would contribute. HERE is a pertinent article: "The Number One Reason Why the USA Has Been Conquered". " [T]here is one social psychological factor which explains why the majority of the people who are awake to the present level of tyranny are not sufficiently motivated to act, and that factor is called bystander apathy."

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  • cookie65September 22, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    Evelyn, my dad caused me to see thru repeated examples that the single greatest threat to freedom is apathy. He was a great fan of Samuel Adams who said, " It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." Some people think that I am either joking or some kind of extreme nutcase with the things I say, but the simple fact is every single free society in all of human history lost their freedom to tyranny thru the exact same sequence of events that are taken place right here in the USA. They all believed it couldn't happen to them either.

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  • R.J. CarterSeptember 22, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    That was great Cookie.....Keep it coming

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