Arizona Shooting Roundup Part I – Updated!
Posted by iusbvision on January 21, 2011
IUSB Vision Editor – After I heard of the shooting I started checking the internet for his social networking posts before they were shut down and we managed to see them. Many people might not be aware, but I have experience working to help those with Schizophrenia and those of you who are my Facebook friends know that within hours of the shooting I said that the shooter fit the profile and behavior like a glove. It turns out that I was correct.
So what do we know about Jared Lee Loughner? The shooter has a history of mental problems going back to at least 2006. The sheriff’s department verified that the shooter was taken with Rep. Giffords since 2007, long before anyone outside of Alaska knew who Sarah Palin was. Students, teachers, administrators, neighbors and police all were worried about this guy. In fact he was expelled from university until he could show certification from a mental health professional. The shooter had multiple contacts with police. The Sheriff’s department was aware that the shooter had a history of making threats. Loughner asked Giffords in 2007, “How can we have government if words have no meaning?” Of course who could answer such a strange question, but Loughner thought that she was a “scam” ever since that day.
This report from Nightline did a good job of summarizing the details.
So what is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia acts to change how your brain perceives what the five senses tell it. What you see, feel, think and hear sometimes becomes a jumble. At other times one can hallucinate and/or hear voices. Those with schizophrenia have a hard time relating with others because they misinterpret the nonverbal cues that are so crucial in interpersonal communication. If the disorder is pronounced enough the direct verbal cues may also be misinterpreted.
The mind tries to make order out of the chaos. The mind does not wish to accept that you are crazy so the person invents these elaborate conspiracies to attempt to rationalize what they are going through. Since schizophrenia usually is accompanied with a cognitive skills disorder the conspiracies do not seem too outlandish. Indeed for this type of schizophrenic, they do what they do because in their mind reason demands it. Most normal people can look at a problem of moderate complexity and come to the same conclusion. The schizophrenic will come to a different conclusion and if you don’t agree with them you must be crazy, because to them it is so obvious. Those who get the right help can usually be treated with the proper medication. Those who do not usually try to self medicate so many abuse substances to try to cope.
It is crystal clear that Pima authorities were aware that Loughner was mentally ill. While it has been reported that Loughner had run ins with the Sheriff’s Department, Loughner also had five incidents involving the Pima College Police which released 51 pages of reports.
According to these reports Loughner could not understand why the number 6 was not the same as number 18. Why could the teacher not accept math he asked? Loughner also believed that since he was paying for the classes, and since the Constitution guaranteed him freedom of speech, he believes that whatever answer his mind came up with should be accepted by the teacher because that is the law. When the teacher didn’t accept those answers he said that he was being scammed and “it (meaning school) was a scam” apparently to take his money. Loughner would become upset and argumentative.
Police reports show that Loughner could not understand that what he was doing was wrong and didn’t make sense. The reports are clear that police gave Loughner a series of questions designed to test impairment and he could not answer them correctly. The reports say very clearly that it appeared that Loughner was mentally ill.
The reports also show that Pima College, after they saw Loughner’s YouTube Videos, Police delivered a letter of expulsion to Loughner valid until he could demonstrate that he had seen a mental health professional. While reading the letter to Loughner at his home Loughner told Pima College Police he was being scammed.
It is obvious to anyone watching those video’s that Loughner is delusional in a big way. So why did no one swear out an affidavit to a court to get him involuntarily committed? Not the police, not his friends, neighbors, teachers, or parents?
Despite mounting concerns about his bizarre and disturbing behavior, local mental health authorities in Pima County, Ariz. said Monday that no one reported any concerns to them about Tucson mass shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner.
Loughner is accused of shooting 20 people on Saturday, killing six and wounding 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D).
“To the best of our knowledge, he was never and is currently not enrolled in our system,” said Neal Cash, president of the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, the organization that provides mental health services to Tucson and Pima County for the state.
The majority of the people they serve are on Medicare, Cash said, but anyone diagnosed with a serious mental illness would be in their system and eligible for services. Despite severe cutbacks in the state mental health budget as a result of the foreclosure crisis and recession – Cash estimates around $50 million has been cut in the last two fiscal years – he said that no one diagnosed seriously mentally ill has been turned down for services.
Arizona has what is considered one of the most progressive mental health laws in the country. Any person, including any of the students in Loughner’s classes who exchanged worried emails about his strange actions or any of his teachers who sought to have him removed or who wanted him to receive treatment, could have petitioned the court to have him evaluated for mental illness.
Unlike other states, which require that someone be an imminent danger to themselves or others before seeking to have them involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluation and treatment, in Arizona, one need only be “persistently or acutely” ill.
State law defines that as someone who appears to be mentally ill, but who may not know it.”Our crisis line is manned 24/7,” Cash said. “Anyone concerned about his behavior could have called at any time. I have no information to indicate that anyone ever did.”
There is little doubt that Loughner could not pass a psychiatric exam. All it would have taken is one phone call or one person to swear a statement to a judge and Loughner would have gotten help, his name would have been entered into the NICS which would have prevented him fork ever buying a firearm, and this tragic shooting likely never would have taken place. Congress can pass all of the laws in the world, but if people on the ground don’t do their jobs and don’t use some common sense all it will do is make things worse.
There is little doubt that Sheriff Dupnik sought to blame racism, Tea Party, the People of Arizona, Rush Limbaugh and anyone else he could to deflect the media from the fact that he full well know that Loughner was mentally impaired and a problem and did nothing. Loughner’s mother is a supervisor in the Pima Country Parks Department and it is possible that her influence prevented the Sheriff form involuntarily having the shooter evaluated.
One thing is for certain, everyone let Jared Loughner and by extension all of his victims down.
What Did Loughner’s Friends Say? Was Politics an Influence?
There are conflicting reports among Loughner’s fellow high school students.
A high school mate Caitie Parker who has described herself as politically aware (liberal) states:
Here is a list of her tweets in regard to Loughner:
@FriendThatCooks 3 years ago when I saw him last he was more leftist. Now I don’t know.
@johnedelstein & when I say “us” or “our” I mean our group. There were 5-6 of us that hung out in hs.
@johnedelstein well for the Bush/Kerry election we all wore “1 term president” buttons. That election was HUGE to us.
@johnedelstein we listened to political punk in high school & agreed with their leftist opinions for the most part Anti-Flag was our band.
@johnedelstein also probably more libertarian & definitely socially liberal.
@johnedelstein liberal in wanting to change the way the world was run, we both wanted to. He took it to an extreme I never would’ve.
@pursueliberty who knows. It could all be merely a psychotic snap. I don’t think anyone knows. I surely don’t.
@icwhatudo he was leftwing when I knew him in hs & college, 3 years ago. So he may have changed, who knows. But thanks.
@nyctheblog yeah over 20 facebook messages, emails, & people harassing my poor mom & sister.
@toyotabedzrock yep, I’m merely stating how I remembered an old friend as he was when I saw him last, 3 years ago. I’ve make that clear.
@kurtbradwill I never said anything about him being a Tea Partier, check your facts.
@veronacodex I wish I could give everyone a hug & apologize for lack of knowledge to know, that a guy I new, was troubled, & didn’t see it.
@Gnushound very true. The guy I knew 3 years ago isn’t the evil he became today.
@stewmj I went to high school, college, & was in a band with him. I know what I know & not asking anyone to believe me in this madness.
@MindlessPrey I have no idea. I think he slowly descended in a psychotic break. Something in him snapped. He wasn’t always like this.
@SkyZiegler you’re welcome. I’m glad I could be of some help in this horrible tragedy. Can’t help but think if I had been there today, if things would’ve come out differently. Maybe I could’ve talked him down. Stages of grief?
@TQMKA b/c they’re all related. I’m all about peace & acceptance. That goes hand in hand in my faith & political views.
@lonelyfame I have nothing against differing political views. That’s what our country is built on, freedom of opinions & beliefs. Thank you!
@ToureX thank you sir. I haven’t seen him in 3 years, but the guy I knew was a polar opposite of the evil he became today.
@ToureX I did know him & as stunned & horrified as anyone else. The Jared I knew, want like this. All about peace.
@royaldavis the band It’s Like Love? Love those guys. I tweeter about Jared b/c writing is my means of coping. I had to write to get it off my chest. People hanging on my words, NOT expected. Anyone who says I’m milking or lying for media attention is WRONG! one tweet & my phone, twitter, & facebook blew up. I never wanted this.
@shaunlandry I stated I went to high school, college, & was in a band with him, & made it clear how I knew him THEN not NOW.
@theEcon_tweets what does that have to do with anything regarding today. I was making a observance of a TV show. I voted for Giffords & came into this story wondering what kind of evil could do this. Sadly, I know him, & I’m not proud of that. I do not condone anything Jarod has done, it is horrific. I’m still in shock & haven’t stopped shaking since the news. Did GMA(+ ABC Radio) & The Today Show. No more interviews. I said how I knew Jared, & my shock at this incident. Now to reflect & pray. I can’t manage all these media requests & @ replies. Too much too fast, can’t keep up. This is a circus. Good Morning America just called me.
@antderosa it’s loughner just checked my year book.
@lakarune I haven’t seen him since ’07. Then, he was left wing.
@noboa more left. I haven’t seen him since ’07 though. He became very reclusive.
@antderosa he had a lot of friends until he got alcohol poisoning in ’06, & dropped out of school. Mainly loner very philosophical.
@antderosa As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.
@antderosa he was a pot head & into rock like Hendrix,The Doors, Anti-Flag. I haven’t seen him in person since ’07 in a sign language class
@antderosa He was a political radical & met Giffords once before in ’07, asked her a question & he told me she was “stupid & unintelligent”
@antderosa I went to high school, college, & was in a band with the gunman. This tragedy has just turned to horrific.
Another friend Zach Osler told Good Morning America that he was non political:
He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right.
Osler also said that Loughner started doing the drug Salvia.
According to Loughner’s social networking activities he held in high regard Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto, and the online film Zeitgeist.
The fact that Osler describes Loughner as nonpolitical and describes him as heavily influenced by Zeitgeist (and into the political books he was into) simply does not square. It is rather obvious that Osler is ignorant about things of a political nature and just didn’t pick up on it. I would have found such a notion hard to believe until I started running into more and more recent high school grads at college, and even in my own family, who have no idea what Communism is. To those who read blogs of this nature that may seem hard to believe, but the fact is that in recent years public schools crank out kids that ignorant.
What we have found amusing is that far left bloggers and some in the elite media have described Zeitgeist as some sort of “right-wing”, “libertarian” or “use gold for currency” type of film. Nothing could be further from the truth. Zeitgeist uses disinformation, conspiracy theories, and other propaganda to attack Christianity, promote conspiracy theories like 911 “truth” (Bush did it), promote the elimination all money and private property, promote class warfare, and make radical eco-movement styled planned sustainable communities. One could say that it is a Marxist utopian philosophy but in reality it goes beyond even Marxism in its zeal to control every aspect of human society. Go watch the film for yourself if you have any doubts.
The New York Times, after double downing on the false claim that Republicans are to blame for the shootings, later posted this in the 43rd paragraph of a recent article on Loughner:
He became intrigued by antigovernment conspiracy theories, including that the Sept. 11 attacks were perpetrated by the government and that the country’s central banking system was enslaving its citizens. His anger would well up at the sight of President George W. Bush, or in discussing what he considered to be the nefarious designs of government.
As has now been reported, Loughner was a graduate of Mountain View High School’s Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) “Program Of Studies”. This program as described HERE is “funded by George Soros through his Open Society Institute by way of his contributions to Ayers’ Annenberg Foundation which funds Smaller Learning. This Annenberg/Smaller Learning curriculum mirrors those of the International Baccalaureate Program, a curriculum of High School studies also funded by George Soros. Barack Obama, Bill Ayers and other Leftists.” Do not be confused by the partisan nature of the link provided as it describes the program accurately. We have reported on this program along with National Review and other publications.
The SLC program is a sister program to the Baccalaureate Studies Program that is “featured” at many high schools. As the New York Times reports:
Some parents say it is anti-American and too closely tied to both the United Nations and radical environmentalism. From its start in 1968 until 1976, the program was financed partly by Unesco. It is now associated with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and until recently it endorsed the Earth Charter, a declaration of principles of sustainability that originated at the United Nations.
As has been well reported, “sustainability” is a buzz word for social and political Marxist indoctrination with a radical environmentalist flavor. Adam Kissel, who is a Vice President at the non-partisan Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, has written about the indoctrinational nature of these “sustainability” programs (FIRE has defended Ward Churchill and other leftists so do not be fooled by FIRE’s critics who say that it is a right-wing academic outfit. Greg Lukianoff, the President of FIRE, is a regular at the Huffington Post).
There is no doubt that Loughner’s high school education was overtly political and even radical.
Conclusion – The Big Question:
Did politics have a role on Jared Loughner’s plans to assassinate a Member of Congress? We are going to have to say yes, but only insofar that the left’s idea of class warfare, everything is a scam, you are being conspired against, rich vs poor, business vs labor, Christians vs atheists and the other flavors of the Marxist conflict theory polemic that are a part of Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto and Zeitgeist fed into his already severe paranoid schizophrenic delusions.
Let us be very clear. We are NOT saying that Loughner’s left-wing politics played the major roll in his motivations like is commonly seen with ELF, SEIU beatings, the Discovery Channel shooter, the IRS plane bomber, the Una-bomber, the Pentagon shooter etc. It is obvious that Loughner’s mental illness was the primary factor in his motivation for the shootings. All we are saying is that the left-wing conspiracy politics he was so taken in with was a factor in his delusional world view, and obviously who he decided to target. It seems likely and perhaps rather obvious that Loughner is so mentally ill that he is not responsible for his own actions and furthermore, if Loughner has schizophrenia as severely as the evidence seems to indicate he is not competent to stand trial.
Coming soon: Part II - Journalistic Blood Libel