Scorned by Girls Wealthy Young White Male Murders Six: Gun or Mental Illness

Elliot Rodger
Elliot Rodger

 

 

 

Shooting Suspect Identified; 3 Victims Were Stabbed at His Apartment

 

Link for video:  http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a44_1400927090

The above story is a tragedy and was preventable had we a medical delivery system geared to prevent such tragedies by being proactive. Our medical system has no solutions to prevent mass shootings despite glaring red flags and in this case a public call for help.
Furthermore, what is maddening is the morbid replay of discussions around gun control that follow these too frequent mass shootings by young white males.

It is sad that guns are being blamed by proxy. Again the larger picture of mental illness and the failure to recognize or treat these disorders are ignored. It is mental illness and our delivery system that is at issue not guns.

Furthermore, as Americans we should ask, are we getting mental health from the most expensive healthcare delivery system in the world? NO. Sadly, Elliot Rodgers fate was sealed by our system of failure to deliver mental health.  #ElliotRodger

The irony: In-patient hospitalization was indicated based on the video. Yesterday, Justina Pelletier did not celebrate her 16th birthday with her family but rather behind bars–psychiatric bars that each day increase her at risk of such a tragic outcome.

Solution? Gun Control vs Mental Health. Prevent mental illness by promoting health.

An infrastructure of health with compassion, empathy and competence will reduce mass shootings, domestic violence, and child abuse as well as improve health and decrease costs of healthcare. The US medical delivery system is failing Americans when we are in need of mental health. In many instances, our system creates mental illness, for example, Justina Pelletier case.

Mass shootings result from Failure to Listen: Our mental health system is BROKEN. ALL EYES should focus on the providers of that system until it is FIXED!

Elliot Rodger, Santa Barbara mass shooting suspect, “My Twisted World” manifesto

 

Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen https://failuretolisten.wordpress.com/ uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

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