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Giving up our civil liberties in fear of rare events with low fatalities is handing those who would harm us effectively hand them their victory medal. Committing to more time, attention and funds into social and mental health services to prevent these sorts of events from happening in the first place would be a more effective preventative measure. Using legislation in an adversarial fashion only harms citizens, leaving them open to violations from their own government as opposed to an anti-government or terrorist body.
Doctors should be treating illnesses as opposed to the state.
We happened onto this heartbreaking photo on the website of the Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the following caption:
“Most treatment court participants struggle in their long recovery from substance abuse and mental health issues. Many participants are also unemployed, homeless and estranged from their families. Waiting for a hearing can take hours and during that time many people suffer from anxiety attacks. Unable to remain in the courtroom, some participants leave and a bench warrant is issued for their arrest. This can make their progress in treatment take even longer.
“It is obvious that many participants are in acute emotional pain while they describe their lack of progress to the judge. It can be a grueling process to stay sober, hold down a job and finish a treatment plan. With all these challenges it can take almost two years to recover and graduate from a treatment court program.”
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