After the Shooting in Ft. Lauderdale Airport
Well, here we are again.
Mourning the lives lost at the Ft. Lauderdale airport last week and spouting the same, tired question: What can we do to stop it?
The answer is right in front of us: We need to tell our stories about our battles with mental health conditions and those battles of loved ones.
I read that the authorities gave a mental health assessment/treatment for four days to the former soldier before returning the gun he used to shoot eleven people.
I have a lot of respect for mental health professionals but obviously, someone fell down on the job. Even after the shooter stepped up to authorities to tell them he was hearing voices. Can that be healed in four days?
I think not.
I’m not forgetting that terrorism is an issue. But the majority of these mass shootings come after an individual has been suffering mental health struggles and no one seems empowered enough to help someone else get the help we need.
When are we going to see the answer in front of us?