25.7.12

ADDRESS THE SYMPTOM, NOT THE CAUSE?

Via InstaPundit, a Clayton Cramer essay on the consequences of de-institutionalization.  Some years ago,  a Mike Royko column covered similar ground, suggesting a causal link from releasing people from mental institutions to the growing population of street beggars in Chicago.  Yes, those state hospitals were often unpleasant places, but was the public interest, let alone the interest of those beggars, served, by releasing people onto the streets.  Or leaving them alone to deal with their demons?  "The mainstream media, of course, are using this tragedy in Aurora as an argument for restrictive gun control. But the core problem — the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill — is simply being ignored."

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