No sooner had I posted “’I trusted that gun for our safety. It ruined our life,’ said mom of the quadriplegic shooting victim who took down cheap gun makers” than I found a report by the Los Angeles Times about yet another death-by-gunshot story, this time at a Florida university dorm.
But the NRA and its supporters would still insist that more guns is the answer. This student was apparently doing nothing more than exercising his patriotic freedom to commit suicide, which was apparently his final answer:
An undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida apparently committed suicide in his dorm room, and campus evacuations were ordered after explosives, an assault rifle and a handgun were found in the residence, officials told The Times on Monday.
Here is an excerpt from the university statement:
UCF Police received a fire alarm call at about 12:20 a.m. While responding to that call, police received a 911 call regarding a man with a gun. When police arrived, they found a victim who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Tower 1 was evacuated, and Parking Garage G was closed. As investigators reviewed the scene, they found a handgun, an assault weapon and IEDs.
There was no indication in the article of how he got these weapons, his mental health history, any history of violence, or why he was suicidal.
More details here.
You’d think they have the Mad Libs heme under the desk and just randomly pick words to accuse the President of. Via.
I’m thinking a couple of those, 32 long should last you thru the next four years Ann. On the other hand, HUH, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Does Mittens have “issues”. Oy gevalt and a half.
Ann Romney said in an interview Thursday that her biggest concern if her husband was elected president would be “for his mental well-being.”
The aspiring first lady was asked in an interview with KTVN-Reno what her biggest concern for her husband was if he were to win the White House in November.
“You know, I think my biggest concern, obviously, would just be for his mental well-being,” Romney said.
Joan Walsh’s Salon piece raises an important question that John Aravosis and Gaius Publius at AMERICAblog and I would like to keep raising. Willard Romney’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad London gaffe-athon may be symptomatic of something a little deeper than political ineptitude.
You’ve heard of the book What’s the Matter with Kansas? Well now some of us are beginning to wonder, what’s the matter with Willard?
But seriously, what are we to make of Romney’s Olympics debacle? How could this happen to the man who ran the 2002 Olympics? [...]
I’ve written that Romney’s many gaffes reflect his enormous sense of entitlement and lamentable lack of empathy. [...]
But could it be more than entitlement and an odd personal style? I’ve found myself wondering over the course of the campaign whether Romney has some kind of personality disorder, so dissociated does he occasionally seem from the well-worn routines of normal human interaction. Maybe we should be asking to see his medical records and not just his tax returns. I don’t mean to be flippant about that or insensitive to any kind of problem he may struggle with. But his struggles are our struggles; he’s running to be our president. There is something very odd about Mitt Romney.
So perhaps it’s time to tack on an addendum to the “Show us your tax returns” demands. Mitt Romney, show us your medical records.
Please read Joan’s entire post here.
Seems the Massachusetts Mental Health Center which had been closed and abandoned for some time (I think I remember happening on a psychic ghost hunter show one day where they did it there) and was going to be torn down. An artist by the name of Anna Schuleit was commissioned to devise a memorial for the institution that had for over 9 decades been such a huge part of the community. This is what she did and how it went over-
To answer that question artist Anna Schuleit was commissioned to do the impossible. After an initial tour of the facility she was struck not with what she saw but with what she didn’t see: the presence of life and color. While historically a place of healing, the drab interior, worn hallways, and dull paint needed a respectful infusion of hope. With a limited budget and only three months of planning Schuleit and an enormous team of volunteers executed a massive public art installation called Bloom. The concept was simple but absolutely immense in scale. Nearly 28,000 potted flowers would fill almost every square foot of the MMHC including corridors, stairwells, offices and even a swimming pool, all of it brought to life with a sea of blooms. The public was then invited for a limited 4-day viewing as a time for needed reflection and rebirth.
And the response from the guestbook-
‘Never worry alone’ was a Dr. Tom Gutheil classic line, but because of the lack of social support, too many patients who came here had to worry alone. Anna saw these corridors as places to be filled with growth. For all the patients who never received flowers, these flowers are for you.”
“My therapist’s office was in the basement and the floor is covered in grass. Grass does not bloom but it cushions and it is in the right place. It is the foundation, it softens everything. Conceptually it is brilliant.”
“My mother told me, 36 years ago, “Hang on. They’ll find a cure.” I was suffering alone until I came to MMHC. And today… oh so grateful… beyond any words, so grateful. Lives and sufferings have been redeemed here, and today we celebrate and honor, all of us, in this place, for better or for worse. Today, we flourish. The list of what we cannot do grows shorter and shorter. We become comfortable in a world of three dimensions; we gladly surrender the fourth, fifth, and sixth.”
There is a very special person in my life and her name is Cassie. Her insights are unique and poignant, and I share them with you as often as I can. If you haven’t already, please read her previous guest posts here, here and here.
Keep in mind, Cassie is a freshman in college. She writes like a seasoned pro:
We need gun control in the U.S.
We need better mental health care in the U.S.
We need better health care in the U.S.
We need to start preventing mass shootings instead of just crying when they occur.
But first we have to ask the right questions.
- Would you rather live next to a mentally ill person with a gun, or a mentally ill person with an appointment at the community mental health clinic?
- Think about the “craziest” person in your family. Do you want them in your house overnight with a gun in their hands?
- Think about the “stupidest” person in your family. Do you want them in your house overnight with a gun in their hands?
- Is there anyone in your family who has ever gone senile? Do you want them in your house overnight with a gun in their hands?
- How much money could we save by paying for mental health care instead of building more and more prisons?
- When is the right time to ask these questions?
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