Donald Trump’s answer to gun violence is to build more mental institutions?

By |2019-08-16T16:13:57-08:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |21 Comments

“We’re looking at the whole gun situation. I do want people to remember the words ‘mental illness.’ These people are mentally ill. And nobody talks about that,” Trump responded.

“I think we have to start building institutions again,” he added, saying that mental institutions were closed in the 1960s and 1970s and “the people were just allowed to just go onto the streets ― that was a terrible thing for our country.”

Jesus that is a stupid fucking thing to say!

Here are some facts courtesy of HuffPo:

Research shows that most mass killers don’t have severe mental health problems. Experts have also long repeated that most people with mental health issues are not violent but are actually more likely to be victims of violence.

Fewer than 5% of the 120,000 gun-related killings in the U.S. from 2001 to 2010 were perpetrated by people diagnosed with mental illness, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Experts have also balked at the idea of mental health treatment ― let alone institutionalization ― as a solution to gun violence.

“You can’t force people into treatment; you can’t necessarily treat them successfully; and you certainly can’t lock them up forever,” Prudence Gourguechon, a former president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, told HuffPost on the topic of gun violence last year.

I have addressed this issue a number of times in the last year but let’s wade in once again. 

Mental illness is not a one size fits all diagnosis.

In fact there are multiple kinds, and multiple degrees of what one might label a “mental illness.”

Extreme depression is categorized as a mental health issue, so are autism,  Down syndrome, bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, and eating disorders. 

Most of those listed above would not be an indicator that the individual was a potential mass shooter. 

In fact most of those would indicate that they are far more likely to be the victim of violence. 

I work with individuals every single day who are diagnosed with mental health conditions, and they are typically harmless and actually a source of great joy at times. 

Despite what Trump and the Republicans will tell you mental health is NOT the problem, our easy access to guns is the problem. 

Having said that if Trump wants to allocate a few billion dollars to mental health research and treatment we in the community would welcome that assistance with open arms.

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21 Comments

  1. Anonymous August 16, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    ST Ronnie was responsible for closing the mental institutions and little donnie just admitted that his supporters are mentally ill. By the way, he can build one and we can put him in it.

    Now the mentally ill occupant of the WH is going after 90 year grandmothers, such class.
    =====================================

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/trump-went-off-on-the-grandmother-of-a-member-of-the-squad-in-unhinged-twitter-rant/

    • Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired August 16, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      And with what is he going to build them? Monopoly money??

    • anon August 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      Trump was livid.

      “Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup,” Trump claimed, neglecting to mention that he had urged Israel deny approval or that there were onerous conditions placed on the approval.
      “The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!”

    • NRA August 16, 2019 at 5:56 pm

      “The reason they’re suing her is because the NRA is apparently quite freaked out about the prospect of what Tish James might hear from one of the people she has subpoenaed. Again, she’s issued more than 90 subpoenas. But what the NRA is suing her about, what they are freaked out about is one of the subpoenas she sent to Oliver North,” she reported. “Yes, that Oliver North, the fellow from the Iran-Contra scandal.”

      https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/watch-rachel-maddow-reports-on-why-the-nra-is-freaked-out-about-oliver-north-testimony/

  2. Anonymous August 16, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Trump should be the first person to be institutionalized – he is definitely “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” material.

  3. Anonymous in Chicago August 16, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Just when you thought Trump couldn’t sink any lower, he goes after Rashida Tlaib and her love for her Palestinian grandmother. He is such a fucking pissant.

  4. Anonymous August 16, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Dear Leader is clearly the picture of perfect mental health himself. So glad we have him advising us on who we should lock up! Will we be treating the mental patients like we treat the brown children?

  5. anon August 16, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Evangelicals – 100% of them – are mentally I’ll.

  6. Anonymous August 16, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Big surprise, Epstein committed suicide. So much for your theories.

    BTW. If legitimate ‘assassins’ had a bounty, it would have been a heart attack.

    You’re welcome.

    • anon August 16, 2019 at 9:48 pm

      You weren’t there. So you don’t know. Now go blow your mom.

      • Anonymous August 16, 2019 at 10:22 pm

        Blow my mom? Please explain how that is done lol?

    • Anonymous August 17, 2019 at 4:23 am

      @ 9:24, so does that ruin your “Bill Clinton killed him ” theory, or is he still guilty?

    • Anonymous August 17, 2019 at 4:25 am

      He was meeting her in Los Vegas, doesn’t this sound familiar?

  7. puck August 16, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    he can be the first inmate. lots of drugs and ECT. since he is so willing to back in time-maybe a lobotomy.

  8. anon August 17, 2019 at 7:22 am

    He will likely just implement mass graves.

  9. ANON August 17, 2019 at 7:32 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/psychoanalyst-says-trumps-mental-pathology-means-he-hates-reality/

    “Trump is the common denominator across these events. His mind is the unifying factor. Why are so many Americans in the general public and the news media still unable to comprehend Trump’s bad dangerous behavior? How are Trump’s mental health issues influencing his supporters?”
    “What would have become of Donald Trump if he had not been born into an affluent white family?”

    “There is a part of Donald Trump that has never really believed that he is president. It’s almost as if Trump does not know that he is president of the United States because he’s an BAD actor.”
    “He sees everything as a kind of psychological straitjacket.”

    “When Trump was a juvenile delinquent and his father discovered it, he was sent away. The only other person around who knows about his delinquency, at least in Trump’s mind, is special counsel Robert Mueller.” “. He’s unable to because he becomes enraged at anything that restricts him. Trump wants to be able to grab women whenever he can. He wants every golf ball to go into the hole, and if it doesn’t he’ll just cheat. He wants everything his way. ” “Trump hates reality. – Trump is the one who is fake”

    “”You would understand every single thing about psychiatry, because Donald Trump has all of the characteristics writ large. Donald Trump should not be president.
    He should be removed immediately.” “Trump is a political cult leader.” “Trump is giving people permission to do whatever they want, that makes him an immoral and amoral leader. ”
    “Trump’s father always wanted him to be a killer. So psychologically Donald Trump functions like a killer”

  10. Anonymous August 17, 2019 at 8:12 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/hundreds-arrive-el-paso-victim-funeral_n_5d57724fe4b0d8840ff34b48

    “I arrived here this morning,” said Ballard, 38, who lived in New York City during the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “His story moved me.”

    The service was moved from a funeral home to La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center to accommodate the crowd. Vocalists and musicians volunteered to help, including a mariachi band. Condolences and orders for flowers poured in.

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