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Thank you for reading and for your comments. I love the existential vibe.
Thank you for reading Emily. I hope that in the coming months communities in CT will come together and just be sad that 28 people tragically died in Newtown. I hope communities can simply appreciate that people lost their children, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers etc. – grieve and try to heal. Elected officials need to stop trying to show that they did something to respond in order to protect their re-election hopes. Suffering, death, and tragedy are part of the human condition and we can’t delude ourselves into thinking that we can draft laws that will prevent aspects of existence. Legislators – members of the legislative branch which drafts laws – seem to whimsically decide which parts of the constitution are politically convenient to honor. I personally believe that people with guns tend to kill more people than individuals without guns kill. That said, legislators correctly uphold the second amendment as more important than Greg Benson’s personal opinion that our communities would be better if we tried to get rid of as many guns as possible. So why is the fourteenth amendment conveniently disregarded and not even mentioned during legislative discussions about individuals labeled by psychiatry?
It blows my mind that this article talks about historical resistance to these laws in CT based on concern for civil liberties – in a way that implies that respect for civil liberties is a bad thing. And that this article says that too many people who “need” “treatment” won’t comply voluntarily but that a court order is usually enough for them to “cooperate.” I think a third grader studying law could understand that doing something in response to a court order isn’t “cooperation.” Lastly, the empirical outcomes of “treatment,” some say forcing individuals into betters our communities – are tragic.