The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Seattle Shootings:
Mental Health System Failure

Jun 4, 2012

A horrifying shooting spree last week in Seattle left five people dead and one seriously injured, with the presumed murderer killing himself.

There was an immediate outcry from the mayor about violence and guns.

But what led to the 40-year-old man’s rampage? He was mentally ill and his behavior had been getting worse. The man resisted family efforts to get him help. His father said, “He wouldn’t hear it. We couldn’t get him in (for mental health assistance) and they wouldn’t hold him.”

Families and individuals needing mental health care know–all across the country–how little help there is and how quickly hospitals or programs kick out mentally ill patients.

This society, which refuses to provide adequate medical care including mental health care, has claimed six more victims.