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Mental Illness Involved in Washington DC Shooting

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 4, 2013

Yesterday, Miriam Carey, a 34 -year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut with shot and killed by Washington police.  Prior to the shooting, Carey rammed into a barricade at the White House and then led police on a high-speed chase near Capitol Hill.

Carey was unarmed and had her young child in the car when shot by police.  While Carey’s mother indicated to the press that Carey suffered from post-partum depression after giving birth in August, investigators reportedly found medications in her Connecticut apartment medications used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  These medications would indicate a longer and more serious mental illness than post-partum depression.

The death of Miriam Carey will not garner the post-shooting publicity in the mainstream media that other high profile killings have garnered recently.  First, Ms. Carey did not carry a firearm and therefore this incident does not promote the agenda of those looking for stronger gun control on Americans.

In addition, the fact that Ms. Carey had significant mental illness and was on high-power medications risk taking the discussion into areas that Progressives and the mental health industry do not want to go.  This includes the difficulty having severely mentally ill individuals committed.  It also includes questioning not only the efficacy of medications used to treat mental disorders, but also the potential that these medications may lead to violent behaviors in some people.

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