How bizarre. How bizarre…how bizarre. So Jared Lee Loughner, who opened fire on a crowd of people at a Tucson supermarket in January (I won’t say “allegedly,” because what the hell — we all know he did it) was a fountain of outbursts in court today. And the public is hugely entertained by it the continuing story.
“Thank you for the freak show!” he reportedly shouted. Thank you for the freak show, indeed.
When will we ever learn that when people crave attention — AND WE GIVE THEM LOADS OF IT — we’re only rewarding their behavior? However crazy, or even murderous, it might be? We are aiding and abetting crap like this.
“Why did he do it?” we agonize, after every nut who does something like this has done his damage. “Oh, why, why, WHY?!” Then we spend months, years, even decades moving mountains trying to figure it out.
We won’t figure it out, ever, unless we’re as crazy as he is. Jared Lee Loughner is insane. He doesn’t do things for reasons anybody else — even another insane person — would find understandable.
As long as we continue our fascination with people like this, giving them all the attention they want, including a platform for their loony notions, we are going to get more of this. It might not totally stop just because we lost interest, but it certainly would become less common.
People who are dangerously mentally ill belong in a facility where the public can be safe from them. Those who are not necessarily dangerous still belong somewhere where they can be cared for, and protected themselves. They tend to behave in ways most people don’t understand. Left to run around loose, they may not do violence against anyone else — but violence may certainly be done to them.
To the general public, a person suffering from a mental illness may simply seem like an asshole. Others may not realize he or she suffers from an illness. It is no more fair to those who are seriously mentally ill to be cut loose, without proper supervision and care, than it is to those to whom they might do harm.
Political correctness is dangerous. Potentially deadly, and in a variety of ways. The Left’s notions of “compassion” end up frequently getting innocent people hurt or killed. As is so often the case with Leftist notions, the bright idea that the mentally ill should all be let loose to move freely about in society turns out to be anything but compassionate. It is actually quite cruel — not only to them, but to the rest of us.
How much more of this idiocy are we really prepared to stand?
I don’t particularly want to see Loughner suffer. If he is as unhinged as he seems to be, he should be kept somewhere where he can receive the care he needs for the rest of his life. There’s no need to take revenge on him for whatever the demons in his head made him do. Having to live, for the rest of his life, inside the hell of his own mind is probably punishment enough.
But if he had been kept somewhere safe — for him, and for the rest of us — from the very start, six people would still be alive, and an untold number of others unscarred. Forget about gun control. How about rationality and responsibility in dealing with people who never should have had access to potential victims in the first place?
We’ve had enough Leftist compassion. Somebody should pass a law to control that.