In a world where 20% of the population, will be diagnosed with mental illiness, before their 14th birthday, we are still shocked when it manifests itself. Yet evilness, which also manifests itself, often goes by with just, ‘oh, you know how they are,’ excuse.
The latest incident in Las Vegas, Nevada were a man in his sixties fired on helpless American citizens as they enjoyed a night of country music, was both horrific and very, very sad. I think in his instance, he either had an undiagnosed medical condition or he is the face of sheer evil. An autopsy should tell us which.
Prior to this appalling event, many countries around the world have suffered the same. Paris, England, Germany, and many other well-known places have experienced the same amount of horrendous terror. Some committed by terrorist and some not.
Unfortunately, far too many, have been committed by every day citizens of the human race. Yet, they all contain one element of sameness. Mental illness and/or evilness is involved. No man, woman or child would walk into a place and start shooting just for the thrill of killing unless they have a mental problem or are so filled with hate they commit such crimes.
This goes back thru the ages. In ancient history there was Atilla the Hun. In more modern history, Adolph Hitler. Some are no as well known; Luis Goravito, believed to have killed over 300, but because of Columbian law was only given 30 years and with good behavior can get out earlier. Ted Bundy, said to be the ‘very definition of evil,’ admitted to killing 36, but experts believe he may have killed as many as 100. Ahmad Suradji of Indonesian admitted killing 42 girls, killed by firing squad in 2008. Andri Chikatilo of Russia killed over 53 and said of himself, “I know I have to be destroyed. I was a mistake of Nature.” And the list goes on, so many that time and space does not permit naming.
So, as proven by the above, we know that mental illness and evilness are not a new thing. Down thru the ages many, many have joined the ranks of insane ‘killers,” most likely more evil than insane.
What man or woman with good sense would strap a bomb to them self and think they would kill themselves and others and gain a place in Heaven? That thinking is insanity at its highest, yet we read about it all too often. Yet is it indeed insanity or is it pure evil, played out by the devil himself?
The question then becomes, what can we do to help with the epidemic of mental illness and/or evilness? Most importantly, what is its cause?
Perhaps some think the stigma of having or knowing someone with a mental illness is too embarrassing to address. Some may think that’s someone else’s problem, other’s nothing I can do etc.
But, the other side is how much is pure evil? Evil can be punished. That, we can do something about if we have the courage to enforce.
In history we find that the insane were often locked away in a place where they were not only mistreated but were used as guinea pigs to further the study of medicine. Some were helped, but many were not. The problem persists and still with no collective answer.
The question remains, ‘how much is insanity and how much is pure evilness?’
Some will say ‘if we had no guns this could not happen.’ The truth is the guns don’t kill people, people kill people. It can just as easily be knives, or rocks or alcohol or drugs, so what is the solution?
I don’t know. I wish I did. I know we have to support the causes that try and treat mental illness. And, we must always fight evil wherever we find it. We must recognize there is a problem and try our best to at least solve a part of it. Again, however, evilness can and should be punished.
In my humble opinion too much time is given these killers. That brings about copycat killers. It’s hard to even imagine that someone would think killing hundreds of people was somehow to be admired, but that to many, is a drawing card. The attention, the fifteen minutes of fame they receive becomes a face of mental illness and evilness. So what do we do?
We once again, must follow the money. We have to make it where help is given when need is seen. We have to educate, educate, that mental illness is not a stigma, but is a disease that can be helped, though perhaps not cured.
We must recognize and educate when we know it’s evilness. So filled with hate they just spew it on everyone they come in contact with.
We have to take all threats of harm against our leaders as forms of mental illness and/or evilness. Arrest those that do such things, and if indeed they are found to have mental illness, find treatment for them.
But, if it’s just evilness then confine them; find them, prosecute them and finally put them away if it can’t be controlled. We can no longer take these threats as just ‘blowing of steam.’
Just as we unite against tyranny and abuse we must unite in the effort to find help for the mentally ill. The first step in doing that is to recognize mental illness when it appears and try and treat it, not deny that it exists.
By the same token, we have to recognize evil when we see it and take steps to stop that. I am of the opinion; the two go hand in hand. If you are stupid enough to spew your hated over all mankind, then you do indeed have a mental problem. Unfortunately your problem can’t be treated, and usually the best solution for evilness is a very strong fine, so high that it hurts. Along with spending time put away in a jail cell.
Taking away the gun is not the answer. Recognizing mental illness and finding treatment is.
Evilness has to pay right along with the rest of the criminals. Of course most of these pansy asses, once they realize this is going to cost them big bucks would like to plead insanity in order to escape punishment. In their cases, the cost needs to double.
To Ms. Hayley Goftman-Gold, apparently a woman of education, as up until yesterday, she worked in CBS’s legal department, shame on you. Shame on you for saying you,’ have no sympathy for those attending a Country Concert because most of them are usually Republicans and deserve to be punished.’
I say to you, “No, idiot, they are your fellow Americans just out trying to have a good time when evil popped up its ugly head and destroyed so many of their lives. Now, I hope you get to have a little punishment for your words. Perhaps, then, though not guaranteed, you will think before you speak and more importantly, examine your heart.”
You are the prime example of a degree guarantees nothing, but the ability to learn.
In your case madam, I am going to say you are both evil and insane and needed to be fired, and should fined and the world would be a better place if you were put away for a very long time.