Posted on | April 4, 2014 | 24 Comments
Headline at American Power:
Unstable mental health may be a “fundamental, underlying cause” of a soldier’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left four people dead, though an argument with another service member likely preceded the attack, according to investigators.
Spc. Ivan Lopez turned his gun on himself after killing three people and wounding 16 others Wednesday at the sprawling Texas military base, where more than a dozen people were fatally shot by a soldier in 2009. An Army truck driver from Puerto Rico, Lopez was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety while being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder, base officials said.
(Hat-tip: Regular Right Guy.)
We have become so sensitive about mental illness that we are afraid to call crazy by its right name. Since no one else will do it, therefore, let me be the first to say that Ivan Lopez was crazy, bonkers, deranged, off his rocker and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.
Being the Internet’s Leading Amateur Expert in Crazy, I’ve sometimes been accused of insensitivity toward nutjobs and wackos.
Sympathy for the demented has become so widespread that people nowadays write books about how crazy they are, hoping to win some kind of Victimhood Derby Prize, like the lesbian professor who wrote a book about her borderline personality disorder. Being an affirmative action “twofer” — both female and homosexual — wasn’t enough for her, you see. Now she’s also disabled, so that if she goes off the deep end and starts having lesbian S & M orgies in the classroom as part of her Women’s Studies lectures, the university wouldn’t dare fire her, for fear of a civil-rights lawsuit.
Don’t laugh. Hugo Schwyzer nearly got away with that trick.
Using mental illness to play the Victimhood Card is becoming routine. Last year, when it was revealed that notorious Twitter troll Melissa Brewer (@catsrimportant) was a convicted prostitute, she immediately claimed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an excuse. Because being a crazy whore is somehow better than being a sane whore.
So now we have the media telling us that Ivan Lopez was “undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety,” as if shooting 19 people before committing suicide wasn’t a big enough clue that his mental health was “unstable.” Gee, ya think so?
As I said four years ago, after Pentagon shooter Patrick Bedell was shot by police, “Whatever Happened to Crazy?”