[QUOTE=Hemispasm;2201326]Of course such a thing is a tragedy. Trying to rationalize with actions like these, I always find myself thinking of the process of evolution; people with such stupidity, meanness etc should not be allowed to multiply and pass down genes. Therefore locking them up until at least the age of infertility is warranted.[/QUOTE]
There are, of course, those who will contend this is eugenics gone crazy and the there’s the “what about individual rights” crowd.
Sorry, the people have rights too.
In a free society I believe it is incumbent upon the government to defend and protect its citizenry.
Frankly, there are damn few people on this planet that truly should not be held accountable for their behavior. We all have stuff to deal with, some much more than others. I don’t believe for one minute this absolves most people of individual responsibility.
One could argue that any aberration from so-called “normal” and responsible, human behavior can be characterized as a mental illness.
I don’t buy it.
The US hospitals and schools are full of kids who take more medication than they have years on the planet.
Most, certainly not all, don’t need meds.
However, they all need love and nuturing, parents, structure, boundaries and consequences.
This is not meant as an indictment of the practice of medicine or use of medications, but rather a sad commentary on where we are as a society.
How about those with mental illness who are “ok” as long as they are compliant with their medications?
When they’re hospitalied and receiving meds and psychotherapy things are “ok”. The law says, you’re cured, you can go.
They’re discharged to the streets, become non-compliant and return to the roles of sociopaths who rape, pillage and kill.
Where and how do you draw the line?
In the US courts, a judgment of [I]not guilty by reason of insanity [/I]is insanity itself.
How about [I]guilty and insane[/I]? and then let justice take its course accordingly.