Wednesday, December 19, 2012

And What About DCF? OR CT Mental Health Agencies?

In wake of this tragedy in Newtown, I demand that every CT State Legislator personally begin a full and thorough investigation into whatever file DCF or the Department of Mental Health has on Adam Lanza!

What did these agencies do, or not do, to deal with this obviously troubled kid?
What did they do, or not do, to help his mother in dealing with him?

I will bet that Adam Lanza and his mother did not receive the proper care and attention from CT Mental Health Services, and I want to know why! 

This issue is NOT about guns or whether stricter regulations would have helped.
Clearly more gun laws would not have done a thing!
Had he not gotten his hands on guns, he was smart enough to build a bomb.
He would have gotten the retribution he sought in one way shape or form!
His fear and anger clearly engulfed him.
Laws mattered very little to him. 

Adam Lanza broke many laws... everything from stealing lawfully obtained guns, to being underage and using a gun, to transporting them unsecured in a car, to breaking into school property to shooting in a Gun-Free Zone, to murdering innocent people. Everything he did was illegal. Did that stop him? NO!

So what good are these laws?

Adam was a sick individual.
Who was there to help him?
Why could no one prevent this ticking time bomb from exploding?

What a tragedy that this young man could not be helped in a way that prevented him to do what he did. Don't blame the guns... blame the system that failed to reach him!

His rampage was brewing for quite a while.
There must be some record of it in our State Mental Health Agencies!
His mother was about to have him committed.
“From what I've been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed," Flashman told "Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.”

A senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation confirmed that Lanza's anger at his mother over plans for “his future mental health treatment” is being looked at as a possible motive for the deadly shooting.

Flashman was told Nancy Lanza had begun filing paperwork to get conservatorship over her troubled son, but that could not be confirmed because a court official told such records are sealed. The move would have been necessary for her to gain the legal right to commit an adult to a hospital or psychiatric facility against his will. A competency hearing had not yet been held.

It's high time we look at the REAL problem... the failure of our Mental Health System here in CT.
There are many "WHY's" that need to be answered.

No amount of gun bans or restrictive gun laws will keep criminals from perpetrating heinous crimes.
They will obtain illegal guns.
They will use them on people who will be law abiding and unable to protect themselves.
Statistics bear this fact out again and again.
Lawful gun owners should NOT have to pay the price for what criminals do.

What is more frightening is not the many gun owners in our state in in our country, but how many Adam Lanza's are out there just waiting to explode with rage because of the inability of our State Mental Health programs and their Legions of Social Workers to stop them?

The conversation clearly needs to shift away from guns and towards the cause of these crimes.... and that includes the culture of violence in our schools and inner cities along with the carefully nurtured culture of death and the loss of the value of human life to our society at large. You cannot deny that we have become desensitized to violence through our media overall.

Let's have THAT conversation.