Why Has The Media Stopped Talking About The Navy Yard Shooter?
The media typically loves stories about people who go on shooting sprees but just a few days after the Navy Yard shooting story broke, no one in the media is talking about it anymore. Why?
The answer is pretty simple. The story didn’t fit the media’s preferred gun control narrative.
Had the story been about a white Tea Party member as everyone in the liberal media was hoping, we’d still be bombarded with coverage of the story. Black guy? Liberal? Mentally ill? The story no longer served any purpose for the left’s agenda so it was dropped.
Democrats love to pretend that they care about people, but as psychiatrist turned syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer points out, the state has abandoned compassion for the mentally ill…
The Real Navy Yard Scandal
On August 7, that same Alexis had called police from a Newport, R.I., Marriott. He was hearing voices. Three people were following him, he told the cops. They were sending microwaves through walls, making his skin vibrate and preventing him from sleeping. He had already twice changed hotels to escape the men, the radiation, the voices.
Delusions, paranoid ideation, auditory (and somatic) hallucinations: the classic symptoms of schizophrenia.
So here is this panic-stricken soul, psychotic and in terrible distress. And what does modern policing do for him? The cops tell him to “stay away from the individuals that are following him.” Then they leave.
But the three “individuals” were imaginary, for God’s sake. This is how a civilized society deals with a man in such a state of terror?
Had this happened 35 years ago in Boston, Alexis would have been brought to me as the psychiatrist on duty at the ER of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Were he as agitated and distressed as in the police report, I probably would have administered an immediate dose of Haldol, the most powerful fast-acting antipsychotic of the time.
This would generally relieve the hallucinations and delusions, a blessing not only in itself, but also for the lucidity it brings on that would allow him to give us important diagnostic details — psychiatric history, family history, social history, medical history, etc. If I thought he could be sufficiently cared for by family or friends to help him receive regular oral medication, therapy, and follow-up, I would have discharged him. Otherwise, I’d have admitted him. And if he refused, I’d have ordered a 14-day involuntary commitment.
Krauthammer foreshadowed this article on Special Report earlier this week…
Gun control does nothing for the mentally ill or the rest of us who are left behind when an afflicted person snaps and kills multiple innocent people. Americans would be wise to listen to psychiatrists before embracing the desires of liberal gun control advocates or their allies in the media.
We all know Aaron Alexis would still be front and center on every news report if he fit the left’s preferred narrative, rather than an inconvenient truth.
UPDATE: Instapundit links, thanks Glenn!
UPDATE II: Legal Insurrection links, thanks William!
UPDATE III: Small Dead Animals links, thanks Kate!