Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, a Rep from Arizona was shot in the head at a community event. Witnesses have reported hearing up to 15 shots. Injuries and fatality reports have fluctuated with reports saying that Giffords passed away although at this point, its now being reported that she is still alive but in critical condition. Its also been reported that 4 people did die in the shooting, including a child. Reportedly, the gunman approached where Giffords was speaking to a couple when he yelled something and opened fire. Other then saying that is was a male that was the gunman, nothing else that I have heard has been reported as to who the guy was.
Giffords sounds like she would be described as a blue dog democrat (she was a former republican), fiscally conservative and a gun owner. Had she been in my district, I could of seen myself voting for her possibly.
Anyhow, the story is unfolding as we speak, surely we will know much more by this evening.
Over 18...parents have no rights especially not to mental health information. If a counselor told the parents anything without the kids signing release, the medical personel would lose their jobs. It's called HIPPA privacy act. Just type in HIPPA privacy act for medical care and you should get it.
Parents can not kick out an adult child unless they go to court for eviction proceedings. If a person's possessions or mail is at a house, court eviction is necessary if they don't agree to leave.
The only way the parents can "force" a child to go to counseling is to have PROOF the child is in IMMEDIATE danger to themselves or others and get a court order for a 24-48 hour assessment.
Where did he get his ammo? At Walmart...The first one denied him immediate purchase because the way he was acting. The 2nd one he went to sold him the ammunition.
From what I am gathering from National news reports. ( At least the ones attempting to fact find rather than blather about other than facts) The Guy had a bizarre enough personality with aggressive tendencies to be expeled from a local collage. At that point community mental health, A DHS function should have started to activly follow the guy to determine if he was a danger to himself or others.
Even if they were too booked as does happen in the mental health area. It would seem they could have notified the local LE whom could have even with a cursory questioning and (home safety check) The tent with the skull would then have alerted those who had the responsibility to give the guy an evaluation.
Oh gee.. these types of functions are what the liberals complain conservatives want to de-fund. And the sheriff down there seemed to want to spend more time blowing smoke at anyone but the Liberally run institutions in that particular town... I wonder why??
I think its safe to say at least two institutions fell down on the job. Does that mean we can now de-fund them and replace them with a system that will work better at keeping even congress safe from wacko mentalities?
Again...It is illegal to "monitor" a person with mental health issues. They have the right to refuse treatment and most do.
Even in nursing homes where a person is unaware of their surroundings, they have the right to keep their soiled underwear on and not be cleaned up if they want to refuse to be cleaned up. The state surveyers actually cited a nursing home for an aide "forcing" a patient to go with them to changed their wet and soiled clothing...because the patient was screaming NO NO NO. If a patient refuses to take a shower, you can not take them in the shower and clean them up...
It is the same exact thing with mental health patients. You can make reccomendations, the police can keep them for maybe 24 hours and must release them if there is nothing to charge them on. Same thing with mental health units. They can admit someone who obviously is a danger to themselves or others and keep them for up to 3 days then if the patient is "stabilized" and does not want to stay, they must be released.
Back to nursing home. A person who is not deemed legally incompetent by the state has a right to sign themselves out AMA and leave. Protective services can be contacted to investigate, but their hands are tied too. They have to give warnings first then if not followed through have to return multiple times if they can find time with their huge caseload.
I think your correct. The law protects these people as well as it should. I think everyone is getting bent out of shape about this shooting. There are more than 300,000,000 people in the U.S. This type of incident is rare but everyone is jumping out of their shoes about it. The people who are running around pointing their fingers and ranting and raving to and in the news media are the ones who need help in putting life in perspective. This type of crime has happened since humans could stand up and pee, [ yes ladies you can to] except back then we used clubs. We just have to much time on our hands so we sit around, listen to the news and let this crap consume us.