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Far Left Groups Defeated Connecticut Mental Health Protection Laws Just Months Before Shooting

Months before the Newtown massacre far left groups defeated a Connecticut mental health protections law.
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Here’s a fact you might not know – Connecticut is one of only SIX states in the U.S. that doesn’t have a type of “assisted outpatient treatment” (AOT) law (sometimes referred to as “involuntary outpatient treatment”). There’s no one standard for these types of laws, but (roughly speaking) these are laws that allow for people with mental illness to be forcibly treated BEFORE they commit a serious crime. Whereas previous legal standards held that the mentally ill cannot be institutionalized or medicated until they harm someone or themselves, or until they express an immediate intent to do so, AOT laws (again, roughly speaking) allow for preventativeinstitutionalization or forced medication (I highly recommend reading the data cited in the link I provided in this paragraph, especially regarding what is known as “first episode psychosis”).

AOT laws vary state-by-state, and often bear the name of a person murdered by an untreated mentally ill person (“Kendra’s Law” in New York, “Laura’s Law” in California, etc.).

Earlier this year, Connecticut considered passing an AOT law (and a weak one, at that), and it failed, due to protests from “civil liberties” groups.


IN SYMPATHY.The Treatment Advocacy Center staff and board of directors join the nation in mourning the incalculable loss of those who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

TREATMENT FOR MENTAL ILLNESS SHOULD BE AS EASY TO GET AS GUNS.(Dec. 14, 2012) ARLINGTON, VA – Friday’s mass shooting that left nearly 30 dead in Connecticut – including 20 young children – is one of nearly a dozen 2012 rampages involving assailants with suspected mental health issues. The year appears on track to end with more victims of rampage killings than any year before.

“Our mental health system has completely failed individuals with severe mental illness and their communities,” said Doris A. Fuller, executive director. “We have emptied the nation's hospitals, gutted state and local mental health programs, and turned involuntary treatment into a debate point instead of using it as a viable option to prevent tragedy involving those too ill to help themselves.”

Federal law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother, Nancy, who worked at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 children and six adults. He was dead at the scene.

While the cause of Lanza's death and other details are still not known, the theme of untreated mental illness that so often characterizes rampage killings already has emerged. Neighbors have described Adam as “troubled for sure for a long time” and "displaying characteristics associated with mental illness." A relative told ABC News he was "obviously not well."

“Mental illness is a real disease that can be treated, and those who receive timely and effective treatment are no more dangerous than the general public," said Fuller. "Tragedies like Sandy Hook are often evidence of five decades of failed mental-health policies. Mental illness treatment laws and policies need to address this failure so people get help before they become dangerous and so the public is protected.”

Connecticut has an estimated 140,000 people with severe mental illness, of whom approximately one-half are untreated at any given time. It is one of only six states without a law authorizing court-ordered outpatient treatment for qualifying individuals with severe mental illness. Between 2005 and 2010, the state eliminated 17% of its public hospital beds, leaving it with only 43% of the number deemed minimally adequate to meet public needs, and has twice as many people with severe mental illness behind bars as in psychiatric hospital beds.

http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/


Added: Dec-15-2012 Occurred On: Dec-15-2012
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  • The ACLU always protecting the rights of criminals

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  • Too late now, he pulled the trigger.
    The ACLU does more public harm than good for society. I hope their executives rot.

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  • fuck the "aclu"... they should rename themselves, as :
    Fucking Assholes Sticking Big Noses Into Shit"..
    Or "We'll fuck up anything we touch, Inc."

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  • While it's arguable that this sort of law could sometimes prevent tragic incidents, the arguments against involuntary treatment or detention are also very potent.

    Unless you can prove that the killer in THIS case would have been stopped by that law, the argument is irrelevant to the incident.

    Psychiatrists and psychologists have an absolutely HORRIBLE track record where it comes to predicting behavior. Furthermore they have a history of being influenced by political and other factors that hav More..

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    • @NotJim I think a law like this would be acceptable if the standards for evidence were very high. I don't think there is anything wrong with forcing treatment on a person who is clearly violent and paranoid. And if you look at the perpetrators of many of these massacres, they are later described as having obvious mental problems. Sometimes the rights of the majority have to supersede the rights of one person.

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    • @J-Un1t Given high standards for evidence, with very little room for mere opinion, yes, I agree. There IS, as you say, such a thing as someone who is obviously psychotic. (In fact, why use a term with so many definitions? "Irrational and openly malevolent" will do.)

      Sadly, though, a great many people (not percentage-wise, but in sum) are psychos and no one recognizes the fact. None of the comments I've seen from people who knew the shooter indicate any recognition that he was pote More..

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  • An autistic 20 year old asperger kid has access to his mom's gun collection. Go figure.

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  • I like when the ACLU defends people's liberties and rights, but it makes me disgusted when they so readily defend scumbags.

    They have defended terrorists, child molesters, and just about every other type of trash imaginable.

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  • Guns don't kill people.....crazy pothead liberal punks kill people.

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  • stupid irresponsible gun owner's kids kill people

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  • seeing as how the shooter is officially only suspected of mental issues great enough to warrant imposed treatment by the courts which would have had to had him run through those courts for something first, this appears a moot point in relation to this shooting. Star53 for the fail again.

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    • @100 Leaves Not sure you understand what we are getting at here.

      Americans need to accept that people are guilty until proven innocent. That is how we can put an end to the unnecessary killing of children.

      If we can save one child's life by putting everyone who is flakey in prison, it will be worth it.

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    • @100 Leaves
      you have failed all your life you loser. if you don't like my contributions to LL don't click on them, your personal hate towards me makes you look like a simple minded bitch.

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    • @CatEatDog
      what he or it said to me, he said because he doesn't care for my post on LL and is too damn stupid not to click on them. no matter what the post is...he serves his ration of shit

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    • @star53 - tissue much Mrs53?

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    • @CatEatDog - and how does this post promote that in any way????

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  • The dead children haven't even beer buried
    ...and star53 try to spin the tragedy

    Not even surprised.

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  • Fuck libs, should all die in a fire.

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  • Look at you, trying to politicize this... what scum Republicans are.

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    • @hellgremlin And all the people using this tragedy as a platform to launch into more attempts at gun control aren't politicizing it at all, right?

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    • @hellgremlin ....That's a mighty broad brush you got stickin' outta your ass sir.

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    • @hellgremlin
      so when is LL awarding you your troll icon??

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    • @tsmith Geeee, and you don't think the "more attempts at gun control" are being launched because of the PILE OF DEAD CHILDREN KILLED BY GUNS?

      Christ, you evil asshole, get some perspective.

      All of you are sacks of shit. And unsurprisingly all of you are Republicans.

      Scum.

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    • @hellgremlin Wait, I think I missed something. I thought that that some guy stole his mom's guns and shot all those people, but according to you it was the guns all along. Tell me, dumbass, how do guns kill people? Answer: they don't. Guns don't do anything by themselves. It takes a living breathing person to pull the trigger on a gun. You are the one who needs to get some perspective. Stop prosecuting guns for the crimes that people commit.

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