Letters to the Editor

Letter: Mental illness

To the Editor:

Based on the increase in the U.S. population, there are now some 1 million people with serious mental illness living among the general population who, 60 years ago, would have been treated in state mental hospitals. Multiple studies have reported that, at any given time, between 40% and 50% of them are receiving no treatment for their mental illness.

With the best of intentions and the worst of planning, America has emptied its public psychiatric hospitals without ensuring that the released patients would receive the necessary treatment to control their symptoms.

What did we think would happen? So what role does mental illness play in these mass killings?

In 2018, the FBI found 70% of shooters had “stressors” or “concerning behavior” before the attack. Most recently, in July, the U.S. Secret Service released its report “Mass Attacks in Public Spaces – 2018” In 93% of the incidents, the authorities found that the suspects had a history of threats or other troubling communications.

Rather than blame the guns, President Donald Trump has requested that social media use their algorithms to identify the manifestos/racist hate rants, etc. to identify these persons so that their mental illness can be professionally treated as a condition of living in the community ... with judicial due process, to protect their individual rights.

Robert Gebhardt

Johnsburg

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