Instead of seriously debating the use of sensible gun laws in Wisconsin, that may make it harder for walking time bombs from getting guns, Scott Walker wants to treat mental illness. He knows that's BS, because I know it's BS.
Since latching onto the do nothing excuse to treat mental illness, Republicans have pretty much gotten most of their constituents off their back (I'm hoping to be wrong).
But reality stepped in; what happens when the most conservative county in the state, filled with officials dead set on getting government out of the way, fail to detain a guy who's parents believe is dangerous? He went on to kill three retired farmers.
Walker's complete lack of empathy and the inability to identify a major public safety problem, means his promise to get serious about treating mental illness is yet another deadly dodge.
Mental illness laws are difficult to impose, because they can easily infringe on a person rights. That's why the Republican promise to crack down on mental illness is an empty gesture. Even when someones parents were desperate for help. This story is just scary:
WSJ: The parents of a man accused of killing three retired farmers in southwestern Wisconsin warned Waukesha County officials just before the murders that their son was delusional and potentially dangerous, but county mental health professionals disagreed and did not detain him ... his parents are saying the tragedy uncovered April 28 never would have happened if Kuester had been hospitalized as they asked. “Our son is going to spend the rest of his life behind bars because they wouldn’t help him even though we repeatedly asked,” said his mother, Kathleen Kuester of Waukesha.Schuler doesn't appear to think a review of this evaluation failure is even necessary. Even with the following history?
The head of the Waukesha County mental health system stands by the April 25 assessment from one of its most experienced crisis managers that Kuester didn’t meet any of the criteria defined by state law that would have allowed the county to detain him against his wishes. “We felt we responded in the ways we could,” said Peter Schuler, director of Waukesha County Health and Human Services.
Besides the Waukesha County mental health crisis worker, employees at the Waukesha Police Department and Waukesha County jail, where he was detained briefly on April 26, also declined requests to admit his son to a mental hospital, Jim Kuester said.
Four years ago, Kuester, under a delusion that a high school classmate had been killed, ventured aimlessly for 16 hours through a wooded marsh … Kuester showed signs of paranoia and told them somebody was trying to kill him, Kathleen Kuester said … he eventually wound up at Waukesha County Mental Health Center, she said. “It’s been like this ever since,” said Kathleen Kuester,
“He would come to his brother’s place that is across the hall from my apartment and spend hours talking about the demons all around him. He said they were following him everywhere.” The Kuesters became alarmed and sought help, Kathleen Kuester said.
Jim Kuester asked Robert Walker, a clinical social worker and crisis manager for the Waukesha County Mental Health Clinic, to admit his son to a mental hospital … The Kuesters thought the sum of his erratic behavior that week would be convincing evidence to have their son hospitalized. “He was talking about getting his dead dog back, he was talking about Satan, he’s talking about demons, he’s talking about people following him trying to kill him, he’s talking about messages God was giving him,” Kathleen Kuester said. “I can’t help but feel that Jaren was a victim, too, and that he was let down by Waukesha County Mental Health, the Waukesha city police department and the Waukesha County jail.”