Wayne LaPierre’s scapegoating of the mentally ill.
The scapegoating of the mentally ill by the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre to deflect blame for gun violence in the wake of the Newton tragedy bothers me - especially the words used to describe the mentally ill who are statistically more likely to be victims than not.’
What bothers me more is the specific dehumanizing words/characterizations used by him to scapegoat the mentally ill:
I talked to a police officer the other day. He said, “Wayne,” he said, “let me tell you this. Every police officer walking the street knows s lunatic that’s out there, some mentally disturbed person that ought to be in an institution, is out walking the street because they dealt with the institutional side. They didn’t want mentally ill in institutions. So they put them all back on the streets. And then nobody thought what happens when you put all these mentally ill people back on the streets, and what happens when they start taking their medicine.”
We have a completely cracked mentally ill system that’s got these monsters walking the streets. And we’ve got to deal with the underlying causes and connections if we’re ever going to get to the truth in this country and stop this—
Inflammatory words used by Wayne LaPierre to smear the mentally ill: “lunatic”, “institutionalization” (as in “they” didn’t want crazy people to be locked up in crazy hospitals (He does not mention who “they” are but I am betting the hint is to blame liberal New York Jews like Bloomberg for closing mental institutions) , and of course “cracked”.