Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
A man walks into an FBI office. He tells the FBI that the government was controlling his mind and that it was forcing him to watch ISIS videos. He swears that he is not planning on killing anyone, so they call the local police and send him off for a psychiatric evaluation.
Apparently, they do not put his name on a no-fly list. Once he is sent for a psychiatric evaluation, the FBI closes the file.
The man undergoes two weeks of psychiatric treatment and then is released from the hospital.
His family says that he was undergoing counseling. Apparently, everyone thought that he had mental health issues. This means that they refuse to recognize insanity when they see it. And that they refuse to acknowledge that people who are insane can be very dangerous.
The man was also cited for domestic violence and was thought to be suffering from PTSD. He was never diagnosed with PTSD. One does not know whether or not he was diagnosed as psychotic.
Obviously, I am referring to Esteban Santiago, the gunman who murdered five people and injured many others at the Fort Lauderdale Airport.
The question that arises, and that arose in several other mass killings—committed by Adam Lanza, Jared Loughner and James Holmes—is: why didn’t the psychiatrists do a better job? What are the rules for involuntary commitment in Anchorage? One understands that the FBI is not in the business of providing mental health treatment, or even diagnosis, but still, why did they not put the man’s on a no-fly list? And why did he retain the right to own a gun?
To my knowledge, no one is asking these questions. They ought to be addressed.