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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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Carnage at Washington Naval Yard Involved Mental Illness

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 17, 2013

AlexisThe Country has once again must deal with a mass murder, this time occurring yesterday at the Naval Yard in Washington DC.  According to reports, the shooter was Aaron Alexis, a contractor hired by a Hewlett-Packard Enterprises called The Experts to work for the government.  After entering the Naval Yard, Alexis killed 12 innocents before being shot by Washington police.

Even before the shock of the killing had sunk in, some attempted to use the tragedy for political advantage.  President Barack Obama took off after Congress for not moving forward on gun control stating:  “The fact that we do not have a firm enough background-check system is something that makes us more vulnerable to these kinds of mass shootings,” and “ultimately this is something that Congress is going to have to act on.”  This presumptuous statement was made irrespective of the fact that as a contractor working for the Navy, Alexis was subject to two background checks including one this past June that only turned up a traffic violation issue.

Initial reports indicated that an AR-15 assault style rifle was used in Alexis’s attack.  This was false.  The tool of the carnage was a 12 gauge Remington pump shotgun, the type typically used for hunting birds and small game.  During the heat of the gun debate after the Sandy Hook massacre, VP Joe Biden infamously suggested that women should protect themselves with shotguns that he inferred did not require the type of restrictions been suggested for assault style rifles.

Yesterday’s tragedy a Washington shows that Biden and others who attack one particular style of gun ignore the reality that it is the shooter who is dangerous to society irrespective of their weapon of choice.  This reality is purposely skirted as related discussions would lead to the causes behind the growing numbers of mass murders in the United States.  Such discussions would likely lead to negative connotations relating to some of Progressive social engineering programs.

According to NBC, there were warning signs concerning Aaron Alexis, his mental state and violent tendencies.  The NBC report concluded:

  • Alexis reported to have heard voices in recent weeks.  Newport, R.I. police said that Alexis called them at a local hotel in early August complaining he was being followed and people were after him.  His complaints included that his adversaries were using a microwave machine to keep him awake.
  • One of Alexis’s friends in Texas reported that Alexis was threatening to leave the Country because of his dissatisfaction with life in general and more specifically the way he was treated as a veteran.
  • Alexis was reportedly seen by the Veterans Administration a mobile occasion for issues relating to his mental well-being.
  • Alexis has twice been accused of issues involving firearms including accidentally firing a bullet into an apartment and shooting the tires of another person’s vehicle.
  • While Alexis received an honorable discharge from the Navy, it is reported he had eight violations on his record including insubordination and disorderly conduct.  How such an individual received an honorable discharge and later a security clearance is unconscionable.

The Country faces a severe problem relating to mass murders.  It is also a fact that guns are often the weapons of choice for perpetrators.  However, making laws that offer tactical restrictions on certain types of firearms and/or or implementing stronger background checks will do little to address this problem.  In the case of a Washington Naval Yard massacre, the gun used is not included in anybody’s list for restricted firearms.  The perpetrator, Alexis, was subject to significant background checks that failed.  Finally, we have spent five decades fighting the “War on Drugs” with little to show for it.  In fact, it is likely that this war has increased the violence, given the power and money available through the illicit drug trade.

The discussion of guns and the role they play in violence is legitimate.  However, it should to be only one part of the much broader discussion that includes among other issues: 1) the violence glorified in the entertainment and gaming industry and their effects on society, 2) the effects of psychotropic drugs on individuals, 3) the breakdown of the family and effects on children, 4) the mental health industry and its success / failure rates, and 5) HIPPA and involuntary commitment laws and how they have affected societal violence.  Those that focus on only one or two of the issues seek a political agenda, not real solutions.

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Democratic Strategist Claims Women can Stop Rape by Just Saying No

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 6, 2013

Democratic strategists Zerlina Maxwell offered proof that Progressives will say just about anything to further a political agenda.  On a Tuesday night televised interview concerning women and violence linked below, Maxwell incredibly says of rape: “We can prevent rape by telling men not to commit.”  That seems incredibly close to blaming the victim for the violence of rape.


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LA Killer Gaining Support

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 11, 2013

christopher-dornerIn a perverse sign of the times, the ex-LA police officer accused of three killings and the subject of an ongoing manhunt is incredibly gaining support from some of the wing bats of society.  According to sacramento.cbs.local.com, Chris Dorner is gaining an Internet-based fan club of sorts.  His published ramblings in the 22 page manifesto claims he was wrongfully discharged in 2008 from the LA police force.  Sympathy for Dorner is gaining traction.  Internet postings include:

  • A Facebook page titled “We Are All Chris Dorner
  • We propose electing a man [Dorner, for president of the United States] who could no longer sit idly by and watch as malicious tyrants abuse the innocent.”
  • Yes, this is war.”
  • Another Facebook page titled: “I Support Christopher Jordan Dorner” has 3,000 liking it.
  • One person professed sympathy for Dorner claiming it was: “Because something needs to be done about the long known corruption of not only the LAPD, but several agencies.”
  • He is god for now and I support him and this page,” was another posted comment.

Killer worshiping is not a new phenomenon.  It wasn’t all that long ago that the Baby Boomers wore T-shirts making heroes or martyrs out of such killers as Mao Tse-tung, Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevara and the Black Panthers.  This is a sad testament to our society.

Since being elected president over four years ago, Barack Obama has shown a willingness to comment on various societal issues including Prof. Gates’ run in with the local police, the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida and even trivial issues such as the NFL referees strike.  Where is his bully pulpit on this wacko support for a killer in California?  You can be sure that if Dorner’s manifesto included Right wing rhetoric instead of its Left-wing drivel, there would be many voices on the Left screaming for action.  Their silence is deafening.

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LA Killer Publishes Left-Wing Rants

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 7, 2013

The killer on the loose in California does not fit the profile included in the false narrative created by the Left concerning guns and violence in the United States.  This reality has affected the amount of press the issue receives and the manner in which this tragedy is being portrayed.

christopher-dornerThe suspected in the California killings is former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner who was fired from the department in 2008.  Dorner’s first victim last weekend was the daughter of a former police officer who represented him during a disciplinary hearing that led to his firing.  Early today in two separate incidents, police came under fire east of Los Angeles and Dorner is believed to be the perpetrator.  There is currently a massive manhunt ongoing for the killer.

Dorner published a 22 page manifesto sharing some of his social/political views.  The website weaselzippers.us posted a few of these rants that include:

Anti-NRA – “Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you’re a vile and inhumane piece of shit.  You never even showed 30 seconds of empathy for the children, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook.”

Pro Piers Morgan – “…give Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card.  Mr. Morgan, the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent that is distinct and clarifies that you are a foreigner.  I want you to know that I agree with you 100% on enacting stricter firearm laws.”

Pro Obama – “You disrespect the office of the POTUS/Presidency and Commander in Chief.  You call him Kenyan, mongroid, halfrican, muslim, and FBHO when in essence you are to address him as simply, President.  The same as you did to President George W. Bush and all those in the highest ranking position of our land before him.  Just as I always have.  You question his birth certificate, his educational and professional accomplishments, and his judeo-christian beliefs.  You make disparaging remarks about his dead parents. …..”

Pro-Gun Control – “Who in there right mind needs a f_____g silencer!!! who needs a freaking SBR AR15?  No one.  No more Virginia Tech, Columbine HS, Wisconsin temple, Aurora theatre, Portland malls, Tucson rally,  Newtown Sandy Hook.  Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted.  Period!!!  Mia Farrow said it best. “Gun control is no longer debatable, it’s not a conversation, its a moral mandate.”

If Dorner happened to be a right-winger, the mainstream media would be up-fronting this part of his biography.  Leftist politicians in Washington would be yelling for more gun control and the need for civility in our political discourse.  There double standard will be evident in their silence.

The fact that Dorner happens to hold Leftist political views is totally irrelevant.  He is but another individual with psychological defects similar to those of other mass killers.  It is likely that as more information services concerning Dorner, that just like the Sandy Hook murder, others knew of his psychological issues.  The fact that he was allowed have access to guns and freely roam the streets are the real problems facing our society faces.

Removing every so-called “assault rifle” from our society would not have saved one of the Dorner’s victims.  Many politicians, including Sen. Feinstein of California, who focus their angst on the assault rifle understand this.  Their focus on an inanimate object is a deflection that allows them to avoid discussions on the degradation of society caused by their Progressive social agenda.


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Leftist Press Buries San Antonio Movie Theater Shooting Incident

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 31, 2012

Two days after the Connecticut school tragedy, a public shooting took place in San Antonio, Texas that has not received appropriate national publicity.  In this occurrence, the perpetrator shot an ex-girlfriend in a parking lot and then entered a nearby theater to inflict additional carnage.  Fortunately for those in the theater an off-duty sheriff’s deputy was also in the theater and shot the gunman before any damage could be inflicted.

The difference in the way the publicity has been handled by the press for the two events are telling.  Everyone knows the name of the Connecticut killer.  However, no one knows the name of the hero in San Antonio who happened to have a gun in the movie theater.

Below is an article published in the Huffington Post on the San Antonio shooting.  Missing from the closing paragraph is a statement about how fortunate theater-goers were that a good guy with a gun happen to be in the locale at that time.

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Forensic Psychologist Discusses Connecticut Killer on The View

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 22, 2012

This week popular talk show, The View, featured the story on the minds of many Americans; the massacre at the Connecticut school.  The View invited forensic psychologist Michael Welner to discuss the tragedy with specifics relating to why mass killings are seemingly on the rise, especially relating to young victims.  As shown in the videos linked below, The View, which usually takes a liberal bent, got more than a bargain for as Dr. Welner lectured them and the audience with a reality check on the subject.  He minced no words making the following comments and conclusions:

  • Becoming a killer like Adam Lanza is “the end point of a pathway.”  The carnage inflicted on the Connecticut families was not a random act of violence, but one resulting from a progression over time.
  • Tragedies resulting from killers like Lanza do not need to occur stating: “there are places we can intersect and intervene to make a difference.  It starts with someone who is fundamentally resentful and alienated and blames others.” In addition, “it progresses from there to someone who identifies with the idea of destruction as a matter of stature.”
  • While mass murderer has increased over the past two decades, guns and mental illness existed long before.
  • People who become killers are often withdrawn as children and blame others for their circumstances.
  • The media plays a role in problem creation as the 24 hour news make killers larger-than-life.  Other troubled individuals then identify with them.  In addition, the media often concludes that society failed these troubled individuals, which then leads them to conclude that society deserves their punishment.
  • The problem with mass killers is irrespective of mental illness.  It is a life’s choice, with an example being the mass killer in Norway.
  • Violent video games feed the addiction by rewarding players with points for maiming and killing.  Lanza’s use of multiple bullets for his victims is in keeping with the extreme violence of the games.  Children do not benefit in any way from violent video games and they need to be stopped.  This is a parental responsibility.

Finally, Dr. Welner concludes that it is a mistake to focus on guns and mental illness.  While a gun types may be a facilitator, mass homicides are social phenomena that will likely to get worse, but can be substantially reduced.  Parents must teach children at a young age to take personal responsibility and not blame others for failures.  In addition, children must be taught to be resilience and to come back from failure.  This is not in keeping with modern educational theories that attempts to reward all equally, even those with substandard results.

Since the Connecticut massacres the Country’s grief and anger has been profound.  However, these emotional responses should not get in the way of the Country’s needed reflection as to why the murders are increasing.


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Unimaginable Evil in Connecticut School Shootings-II

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 17, 2012

In response to this Blog’s posting of yesterday titled “Unimaginable Evil in Connecticut School Shootings” Lee submitted a comment that gets right to the heart of the issue, as posted below.

You are correct.

Our society has abdicated responsibility with mentally ill people.  When children are difficult the response is medication.  Most facilities for people of all ages who are psychologically beyond hope are now closed in the interest of saving money.  When NY closed these hospitals the streets of Manhattan were littered with the clinically insane.

These days the problems are worse.  If we ask who is at fault for this disaster in Ct ……. people should look in a mirror.  We have abdicated demanding responsibility from our government.  The turnover of elected officials is rare.


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Unimaginable Evil in Connecticut School Shootings

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 16, 2012

Adam1The Friday morning tragedy in Connecticut shocked a world already filled with violence and cruelty.  On that morning 20-year-old Adam Lanza reportedly killed 20 young children and six adults in a Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked and was also murdered.  It was reported that most of the children were shot multiple times.  The Country is now mourning, but will soon begin seeking answers as to “why”.

When cruelty reaches the level of the Connecticut massacre, motivation becomes rather irrelevant.  There can be little humanity in a person that would take the lives of so many innocents in cold blood.  Madness and/or pure evil are the only reasonable explanations, but that is of little comfort to the families that have been so devastated.

Adam2Information is beginning to filter out concerning the alleged killer, Adam Lanza.  From the reports, Lanza had significant mental issues for years.  According to the Associated Press, Lanza had trouble with fellow students and teachers.  In an interview the school district’s head of security through 2008 and an advisor to Lanza, Richard Novia, indicated that the suspected killer had disabilities including being withdrawn to the point that his mother was forced to come to the school on various occasions.  In addition, Novia said of Lanza: “If that boy would’ve burned himself, he would not have known it or felt it physically,” and of Lanza’s behavior was “more like an 8-year-old who refuses to give up his teddy bear.”  Ultimately, Lanza’s mother removed him from school for homeschooling because of the difficulties.

While Adam Lanza was clearly a very troubled person, he fell through the cracks by a society that has abdicated its responsibility to protect the individual and greater society from mentally ill and potentially dangerous people.  Lanza’s family members have expressed surprised at Adam’s violent behavior.  However, the signs were there.  However, Lanza’s aunt, Marsha Lanza of Crystal Lake Illinois, said of the Adam “If he needed help I know they would’ve gotten it.”  The facts seem to point otherwise.

The Country needs to have a real and open discussion on the growing violence has become integrated into our society.  When this occurs, some will myopically focus on the issue of gun control.  While this issue deserves to be part of the discussion, the simplistic approach based on this issue alone will not be productive.  Other significant issues play a role in the barbaric actions of troubled individuals including the breakdown of the family, violence in movies and television, glorification of violence in modern music culture, and violent video games that are worthy of Marine combat simulation.  Unfortunately, like so many other broad discussions that need to be had in this Country, this discussion will instead become politicized and fall victim to special interests on the Left and the Right.

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Nigerian Muslim/Christian Violence Leads to Massacres

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 9, 2010

The Wall Street Journal has reported on massacres over the weakened in Nigeria, the result of a spreading Muslim/Christian conflict.  On Sunday, the Muslim Fulani ethnic group target Christian villages.  According to reports the attackers came in the evening shooting guns in the air to scare the villagers.  Then, when the villagers ran out of their houses, they were hacked to death by machetes.  So far 378 bodies have been recovered, including those of women and children.  It was previously reported that some Christians may have targeted Muslims in another Nigerian village.

Are the Nigerian massacres merely examples of the cycle of violence that has been a part of Africa in recent years?  Or is related to a growing violence that is affecting various countries with Muslim majorities or at least large Muslim minorities?  While the answer is not clear-cut, this question deserves study.  Solutions to the violence can only be found by understanding the causes, no matter where the chips may fall.

The world should no longer make excuses for the growing violence that is occurring in many countries with large Muslim populations.  This politically correct method of feel-good diplomacy promoted by our State Department and Progressives for decades has failed to make the world a more peaceful or happy place.  It’s time for a more realistic approach to the challenges cause by the growing violence.

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