Isla Vista: Combating mental illness

05/27/2014 7:05 PM

05/28/2014 12:08 PM

Re "We must confront our inability or unwillingness to more aggressively treat people who are severely mentally ill" (Editorial, May 27): Individuals ultimately make the final decision as to whether or not they will seek treatment for mental illness. Due to the casualties in Aurora, Colo. by the hands of James Holmes and the slaughtering near UC Santa Barbara by Elliot Rodger, I agree that "this state and nation must confront the inability or unwillingness to more aggressively treat people who are severely mentally ill."

We may have the right to be left alone, no matter how ill we are. However, those who commit criminal acts, after refusing treatment, should not be allowed to be found not guilty by reason of insanity. Suspects should be thoroughly evaluated for mental illness and if deemed insane, they should have a lesser punishment, but should be punished nevertheless. If they are not medically insane and have committed the crime, they certainly will have to do the time.

-- K.L. , Sacramento

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