A mental health crisis team chose not to involuntarily commit Thousand Oaks gunman Ian David Long for mental health evaluation and treatment in April of this year.
CBS News reports the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office had numerous encounters with former Marine Ian David Long before he opened fire inside the Borderline Bar & Grill Wednesday night. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said they went to Long’s residence in April in response to a disturbance call. The Los Angeles Times reports that who went to Long’s house in April noted he was “irate and acting irrationally.”
A “mental health crisis team was called at that time and concluded that Long did not need to be taken into custody.” The mental health team had the option to issue an order to have Long “held for up to 72 hours” if they recognized him as a threat to himself or others.
Another failure of the government and its bureaucrats? The mother of the school shooter tried to get her son committed. The Virginia Tech shooter was under psychiatric care and so was the theater shooter in Colorado. The shooter of the church in Texas had a record that should have prevented him from purchasing a gun. The school shooter in Florida had numerous run ins with the law.
Doesn’t anyone in the government or social services bother to identify these people that the shooters should be put on a list so they can’t buy guns?