Last night on The O’Reilly Factor Dr. Charles Krauthammer addressed the question we were discussing on this blog yesterday.
Why is it so difficult to commit a psychotic individual to a mental hospital against his will?
A former head of the psychiatric emergency unit at Mass General Hospital Dr. Krauthammer points out that in the old days a psychiatrist had far more discretion when it came to committing people he thought were dangerous.
He mentions Holmes and the Tucson shooter, Jared Loughner.
The times have changed, Krauthammer continues, because lawyers have gotten involved in the process to protect the rights of psychotics to walk free. Now it is nearly impossible to do so, given the risk of lawsuits.
To which O’Reilly adds, that, for this, we can thank the ACLU.