Idiots blame the tool for the misuse of the tool. In so many ways. Yes, involuntary commitment has been used for vile and inappropriate purposes. That is what needed to be addressed. But the “empathy endowed” decided that involuntarily committing anyone was a breech of their civil rights and now people who would have been helped by being in a safe, clean place where people understood what was going on with them are wandering the streets having arguments with mail boxes and sleeping in creeks.
Or they are still living with their families who have absolutely nowhere to turn when their loved one begins talking about the voices and the visions.
A decent chunk of the homeless population is there because they're mentally sick. For all the hue and cry about "helping the homeless", I have yet to meet one bleeding heart liberal who can explain just how we can help when a person literally believes that the pills that make him well also put him under the control of alien mind-control beams, and so he stops taking them, and not only forgets where he lives, but also who anyone around him might be, or what city he's in.
Look, I forget to take my vitamins about once a week. For me, it's no big deal. But for a paranoid schizophrenic, forgetting to take his medication once could be the difference between being able to take care of himself and wandering the streets muttering about God knows what.
I think one of the reasons this conversation won't happen is because the Democrat Media Propaganda Machine is still working on gun control, and using this story to further gun control is their M.O.
Also, they're probably working on a way to cover up the fact that it was the Democrats who wrote the legislation that pretty much abolished the mental institutions we used to have.
Either way, blaming an inanimate object for the evil done by someone with a mental illness is not going to ever fix the problem.