Better follow-thru a start to ending mass killings

August 9, 2019

Mike Wilcox Editor/Publisher

Very few people follow through on what they say they are going to do, therefore it is a society of unfulfilled promises. Parents don’t discipline their children. Instead they threaten. Teachers don’t force students to finish their homework. Doctors don’t force patients to follow through with proper health regimen. And of course when we don’t follow through there are no consequences.

Along with a broken mental health system, social media and easy access to semi-automatic weapons, lack of follow through is to blame for the recent rash of multiple killings we are experiencing in America.

You can’t tell me the latest multiple killers- one 21-years-of-age and the other twenty-five weren’t on someone’s radar. If the parents had followed through and went to the authorities with warning signs the killings wouldn’t have happened. If teachers had said something more (they did kick one of the killers out of school) maybe a multiple murderer would have been stopped. If the psychiatrists would have been more diligent and reported their findings to law enforcement we wouldn’t be talking about the mass murders today. And if law enforcement had red-flagged these murderers who had spewed hatred on social media maybe lives would have been saved.

Instead we have endured another weekend of tragedy. It was another weekend where our fellow Americans have lost the lives of innocent family members and friends at a Walmart in El Paso and at a busy downtown area in Dayton.

I find it shameful that one of the killers, after being kicked out of school for violent behavior and threats, could walk in to a gun shop and purchase a semi-automatic weapon. He passed his background check without incident because what goes on in school stays in school. In other words, school officials are prohibited by law to report incidents to law enforcement. What kind of nonsense is this?

The law however, does not apply to social media and it seems like so many times after the fact, we dig in to Facebook accounts of the perpetrators only to find all kinds of hate-filled posts and threats of violence that would make many of us report the deranged individual. But either his social media friends encourage the violent behavior or simply ignore it. What about the parents? Are they aware of their child’s tendencies? They have to be, but would rather believe their child couldn’t possibly commit a violent crime.

I have written several times about the mental illness aspect. I certainly wasn’t a proponent of institutionalizing and medicating those with mental disorders. That is at best, inhumane. But we now have a system where too many people with mental disorders are not getting proper care. We as of late have spent a great deal of effort to rid America of opioid abuse, but to me the larger problem is the millions of people that suffer from one mental disorder or another. It is an enormous problem, but one shoved on the back burner. Most of the mass murderers as of late, suffer from schizophrenia or a similar mental illness. Proper care might have prevented several mass killings.

As a society we all have to be more diligent. Authorities must follow through and complete their assigned tasks. We have made it too easy for criminals, illegals and ordinary citizens to simply sllp through the cracks of justice. As parents we have failed our parental responsibilities by allowing our children to “do their own thing” whether it be social media or video games without supervision. We’ve simply got to do a better parenting job. We simply have to follow through in all aspects of society if we want to put a stop to mass killings.

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