Running on the line

No one is saying that James Holmes should be set free. WTF is wrong with people? Does anyone want someone who can build bombs and goes on a shooting spree set free? No. Why? Uh, he might do it again. (Of course he should be punished also…) Yes, this seems to be have to be explained to some people. Some people only believe in evil. They want to believe it was just evil because if it was something else then maybe something could have been done to prevent it. This will happen again and again until people get it. It’s really sad. 😦

Just because he was seeing a doctor who studied schizophrenia doesn’t mean he has it. He may, we don’t know yet. Sometimes people see whoever they can afford or who their insurance will accept. He may have been depressed, anxious or manic. Anyhow, the VA Tech shooter was mentally ill. ONE of the Columbine shooters was a psychopath (no cure for that). The guy in Norway who killed 70+ people in 2011 has schizophrenia. The guy who killed multiple people on the Northern Illinois campus was schizoaffective. I could go on.

I tweeted this Yahoo article yesterday:

Mass murder and mental illness: The Interplay of stigma, culture and disease

The social rejection worsened her disease (schizophrenia) and she became afraid to interact with people, eventually ceasing to attend classes and campus functions:

“For a while I struggled through classes, overwhelmed, perhaps in equal measure, by delusions and this new and unprecedented isolation. Voices took the places of both professors and friends. Following a hospitalization (and consequent withdrawal from a semester’s worth of classes), I descended into a state of the most stunning dysfunction, unable (or simply unmotivated) even to walk from my bed to the bathroom.

…..I fixated on a single vision, me, sometimes hanging, sometimes with gun in hand and a pool of blood on the floor, outside [her former adviser’s] office. Suicide, yes, obviously, but also something more: revenge.”

Although N did not plan a mass killing, she writes that she understands how someone in Holmes’ situation — a former academic superstar and Ph.D. student in neuroscience, who had withdrawn from his program in June after a reportedly dismal performance on an oral exam   — might have become so unhinged.

It is so easy to become overwhelmed and unhinged. Not unhinged as in planning and doing a mass shooting. That is extreme. I’m scared to say anymore.

Someone mentioned that because Holmes was seeing a shrink he should not have been allowed to buy guns but does that mean that anyone who sees a shrink should not be allowed to own a gun?  Way to make the stigma worse. Less people will get help for sure. If people won’t vote because they are scared to be called for jury duty (I know some of these people) then wow, they will never get help for depression if it will leave a mark on their record. What’s the line? I have no desire to own a gun at this time or probably ever but I’m wondering how they figure out who is mentally stable. Maybe they judge it by whether a person has been committed to a psych ward? I can probably Google this info.

All I could find was things like “As far back as the Gun Control Act of 1968, there have been federal laws against selling weapons to mentally ill individuals. But the Virginia Tech tragedy in 2007, in which the shooter Cho Seung-Hui was able to pass two federal gun background checks even after a state court ruled that he was dangerously mentally ill, highlighted the need for better record-keeping and interagency communication to enforce those laws.” [source]

I guess that means only if a court is involved it will be reported? What if you are fighting for custody of your kids and it comes out that you have major depressive disorder. Does that mean you can never buy a gun?  What is mentally ill? Anxiety? Depression? Bipolar? Which agency is doing the reporting? Will people start reporting this to employers???

I feel like the people who have no idea of why this would happen and the others who don’t ask why live in two different worlds. I don’t ask why. I’m surprised (and glad) it doesn’t happen more often.

Indeed, the greatest individual risk factor for violence is not mental illness but gender — another characteristic over which people have no control. Schizophrenia doubles your odds of becoming violent, but being a man multiplies your risk by a factor of nine. Yet we don’t stigmatize or reject men for this “risk factor”; similarly, we shouldn’t treat the mentally ill that way either. To prevent future catastrophes, we need to understand the range of cultural, social and medical factors that affect us all.

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I don’t have a good transition so……My Africian dwarf frogs are doing so well! They are hardy. First they survived the 2 hour drive from the store to my house. Then I changed their home a few times.  I’ve even changed their water and they have lived! 🙂 I love watching them. They are on my work desk so I get to watch them while I work. I love it. They seem to like their much bigger home. They only fight if they seem to think the other ate the majority of the food which isn’t that often.

My betta fish is hardy too. I feel like any animal that survives my water changes must be strong. lol. I can’t wait until I move. I’m going to get a 50 gallon tank. I want one now but I don’t even have room for a 10 gallon. Then I can finally get big fish. My aquatic plants are growing too. They are going to take over my frogs’ tank. The wisteria grows fast. I want to try different plants but I have to wait until I get the bigger aquarium. I can’t contain myself. I WANT IT NOW.

Anyone into plants should try aquatic plants. I would grow the plants even if I didn’t have any fish. For an easy plant like wisteria you don’t have to do much at all. You don’t even have to water them. 😉 Perfect!

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17 days until the D’Angelo/Mary J. Blige concert. I booked a hotel for 1 night. The concert is 2 hours away.

60+ days until the LGBT pride event

Hopefully some good things happen in between those two events. 🙂

“I hate talking to people. About things. This is a nightmare.” – Amy Ludgate from Parks and Rec

“Hi. I’m Ron Swanson. In general, I try never to speak with people” – Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec

Yep, I’m watching the last season of Parks & Recreation on Netflix. Love that show. I think I’m going to have Amy’s line as my new saying. I already say it in my mind. I just need to find people to say it to.

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