Guns, mental health and the death of a Douglas County deputy (5 letters)

Guns, mental health and the death of a Douglas County deputy (5 letters)

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostOfficers and mates of slain Douglas County sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish attend a candlelight vigil on Monday in Littleton. Parrish was gunned down in an ambush on Sunday when deputies responded to a home disturbance at an residence complicated in Highlands Ranch.Re: “Douglas County capturing a tragic reminder of psychological well being wants,” Jan. 2 editorial.

I share the grief of our group in regards to the tragic lack of Deputy Zachari Parrish. I’m additionally deeply saddened by the headline on The Denver’s Submit editorial: “Psychological sickness’ lethal hazard” (print version).

Gun violence is completely a lethal hazard. Psychological sickness just isn’t normally lethal. The president of the American Psychological Affiliation said in a press launch on Nov. 6, “The overwhelming majority of individuals with psychological sickness aren’t violent.”

The stigma in our society about psychological sickness prevents us from guaranteeing ample therapy and prevents struggling people from committing to therapy from at present restricted psychological well being care choices. The editorial headline perpetuates this stigma.

Let’s not wait for one more tragic occasion to finish gun violence on the supply, entry to weapons, and let’s settle for psychological sickness as a human situation that requires absolutely funded high quality therapy.

Sally Volkert, Denver

No, the Douglas County capturing just isn’t a tragic reminder of psychological well being wants. It’s a tragic reminder of what occurs when shameless politicians beholden to the NRA set gun management coverage. Each nation on the earth has mentally ailing populations. Solely in America, the place there’s unfettered entry to semiautomatic weapons, can we see these sort of tragedies unfold every day.

There isn’t a query that the United Sates ought to make investments way more in psychological well being, however given the overall lack of political will to take action, the one technique to cease this insanity is to restrict the straightforward availability of weapons and ammunition. Till we demand this from our flesh pressers, the carnage will proceed.

Sufficient of the “ideas and prayers” and meaningless overtures about “bettering psychological well being companies.” They’re little solace for the family members of the tens of hundreds misplaced to gun violence in our nation yearly.

Maxine Most, Louisville

It’s fairly unlucky that many areas on this state don’t share the compassionate, enlightened angle of The Denver Submit. As a member of Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Sickness, I do know that there are coaching periods out there for regulation enforcement officers who take care of at-risk adults. From private experiences, I do know that Logan County and Adams County haven’t felt it essential to take part on this disaster intervention coaching.

My grownup son has been brutally assaulted by cops (who wrote within the arrest report that “the suspect gave the impression to be suicidal”). They approached him aggressively and, after he fought to flee two armed officers, they subdued him, cuffed him and used a Taser on him a number of instances.

Once they booked him into the Adams County Detention Heart, they didn’t request a 72-hour watch. He was thrown into solitary confinement with out remedy and denied therapy for his situation.

There may be extra to this horror story, however suffice it to say that this was not the one time he has suffered abuse from regulation enforcement.

Shari Walsh, Sterling

Re: “Douglas County shooter escaped from VA hospital in 2014 after being held for psychotic episode,” Jan. 2 information story.

Your article says the gunman who killed Deputy Zackari Parrish obtained 1,000 rounds of ammunition at Walmart. The person was identified to be mentally ailing, and documented as a psychotic who made frequent threats in Wyoming (the threats have been reported to Douglas County), but he was in a position to simply buy an assault rifle and sufficient ammunition to kill dozens of individuals in a matter of moments. And nobody seen.

My coronary heart goes out to Parrish’s household, however we should cease the sale of those murderous weapons, and the infinite rounds of bullets which anybody can receive at Walmart. Please use your vote in 2018 to elect candidates who will enact stronger gun management legal guidelines. And please spare me the argument that “Weapons don’t kill individuals; individuals kill individuals.”

Karen Hartman, Westminster

Re: “Psychological well being and substance-use problems are rising issues in Colorado. Pairing police with psychological well being professionals may assist,” Jan. 2 information story.

It’s ironic that The Denver Submit would have a entrance web page article about “new approaches to how cops deal with instances involving psychological sickness and drug dependancy” the day after the most important therapy facility within the state for drug dependancy closed resulting from lack of funding. Our jails have develop into de facto warehouses for these individuals as a result of there’s not sufficient area in such amenities.