An Old Country Doctor’s Thoughts on Guns and Maniacs in School

The following is a letter that I received by email that I thought was worth sharing with everyone. It’s a reminder of how many of our problems come from America no longer being what it used to be.

Please allow a word from an old country doc, now “retarded” because of all the government interference.

As a child back on the farm (in the 1930’s) I attended a one-room school that taught to the 8th grade.  We hunted for food and furs, and during season you would always find guns stacked in the cloak room.  Some of us hunted or ran trap lines on the way home.  That was no big deal, and no one worried about any of us because of gun violence.  Oh!  We did have to unload the guns before we stacked them!  Occasionally some boys might put down their guns and fight, then pick up their guns and go on hunting.  One thing you did NOT find in the school was anyone who was considered capable of such violence.  Those kids were sent off to an asylum.

Then came the 60’s and things began to change.  We all had to be treated “the same” and no one could be “put away” unless there was a court order for criminal insanity.  Before you had time to blink, the entire landscape changed.  There were “homeless” people everywhere and gun violence became a problem along with it.

Certainly there are some homeless people who are there to take advantage of folks, but many are incompetent, mindless, helpless and – all too often – dangerous.

I could go on, but you get the idea, I’m sure.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Wayne Smith, M.D.  Heber Springs, Arkansas

Meanwhile as Ruth King reminds us, the facilities for treating problems like these existed and were deliberately shut down.

Newtown is the home of Fairfield State Hospital, which was a psychiatric hospital in Newtown, Connecticut, which operated from 1931 until 1995. At its peak the hospital housed over 4,000 patients. It is set on beautiful and rolling hills, and the patients were housed in lovely and well maintained old brick buildings which rivaled any of the famous Ivy League campuses. It was closed during the de institutionalization movement which left so many of America’s mentally ill homeless and in the streets of America.

Read “Madness in the Streets : How Psychiatry and the Law Abandoned the Mentally Ill by Rael Jean Isaac and Virginia C. Armat (Aug 1, 2000).”

  • stevef

    So now the GOP can be painted as not just the party of the rich whites but now child killers….maybe a leadership change is needed, along with a commitment to go on the offensive, using the tactics put forward by David H.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "So now the GOP can be painted as not just the party of the rich whites but now child killers"

      If Hollywood liberals want to paint conservatives as aliens from Mars, they could pull it off in about ten years with a series of films and television productions. At the end, you'd have the same groups of delusional liberals believing that too.

    • Mary Sue

      My Democrat Talking Point Detector is alerted. Take your focus group platitudes and go back to logic 101, you sorely need it.

      • RedWhiteAndJew

        I think you may have misinterpreted the OP's meaning.

        • Mary Sue

          yeah, rereading it, i think I may have.

          Sorry Stevef!

  • κατεργάζομαι

    ~ A Reality Check"

    We are living examples of the Cloward–Piven strategy


    Boehner Orchestrating the GOP's Demise……….

    ~ I MOURN the loss of the WORLD's FINEST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM with NO serious GOP blow back.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    We are living examples of the Cloward–Piven strategy

    • RedWhiteAndJew

      Amen to that!

  • Thomas Wells

    All people have rights, but some people have more rights than others.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "All people have rights, but some people have more rights than others."

      We all have the same rights, subject to how we behave. Some rights can be lost or limited, obviously.

  • Cat K

    Yes, there are a myriad of social problems caused by the closing of institutions for those who need a structured environment that keeps them safe and the rest of us safe from them. I don't think their lives of those with serious mental illness are better.The community is not safer. Surely there could have been some compromise between mass involuntary institutionalization and the horror we have now with our inability to treat or safely house those who are too ill to care for themselves or who are dangerous.
    I assume this trend pleases those who love to see the breakdown of a happy, predictable, safe, family centered American culture.

    • Viet Vet

      Yes, there are myriad social problems………….

      Yes indeed, the trend is perfect for those who wish to disarm law-abiding citizens. They have no respect for the constitution. Indeed it constantly keeps getting in the way of their agenda. But that doesn't stop them the just keep trying to run roughshod over it, circumvent it, etc.

      Just like the spotted owl (which was never in any danger) was the vehicle used by the left to destroy the logging industry, and put millions out of work, violent crime is a necessary occurrence for the purpose of banning firearms. Of course the left's end game, their utopia, lies beyond the gun issue. Armed citizens stand in the way of evil-doers.

  • Viet Vet

    This is the same childhood I lived growing up 20 years later in the 50's, and though the 60's as a matter of fact. My dad was a railroad agent-telegrapher and I grew up in small town America. Went to a one-room school my 6th-7th-and 8th grades. All 8 grades on one room. Does anyone remember the YCL (Young Citizen's League)? We had meetings on a regular basis, with elected president, vice president and secretary (who recorded the minutes of every meeting). It was designed to teach young people citizenship, how government worked, and the importance of citizen involvement in their governance.

    Yes, guns and hunting were very important to us youngsters growing up. I well remember, with warm glowing sentimate, hunts with my Dad…and later with Dad and younger brothers and other family members and friends. We cleaned and fondled those guns while remembering that our forefathers and ancestors had done the same thing throught three centuries of American living.

    • Viet Vet

      um..sentiment even.

  • Viet Vet

    When I was in college in the early 60's, we kept our guns in our dorm room. The memory today is almost like it was in a different century…oh, that's right it was. But definitely in a different America, before social engineering, diversity and multiculturalism relegated the Great Melting Pot to the ash heap of history. Before the '50 years war' was launched on this country's religion and culture, by the left. I mean we would walk up the sidewalk with our guns, up the steps and into the dorm. We never felt subconscious about it, and no one gave us another look, unless it was to compliment on one of the guns that caught their eye. We used to have a very nice country.

    • RedWhiteAndJew

      It's the loss of that Great Melting Pot, more than any other single factor, which contributes to this violence, I think. The US is become Balkanized.

      • Viet Vet

        Exactly RWA, and not accidentally.

  • Mary Sue

    Yeah, don't ban guns, ban (lock up) insane people.

  • Joe Ordinary

    Once again Left Wing social engineering is to blame for death and misery. Thanks.

  • poetcomic1

    I'll never forget the parents who were guardian of their psychotic son in his early twenties. He was under court order to take his medications – which kept him quite functional. A young 'store-front' liberal lawyer eager to 'defend the rights of the mentally ill' worked with their son to remove his parent's guardianship. The parents BEGGED the lawyer not to do this. The 'brave young lawyer' got the young man free of his parents guardianship. The young man promptly vanished and his parents have searched for him in vain for fifteen years. THANKS LIBERALS. You have made America just swell.

    • Mary Sue

      I remember a case a few years ago where a schizophrenic son murdered his mother while in a delusional state. She had to care for him because the health care system was being stupid with the same kind of idiocy like that liberal lawyer you speak of.

      It doesn't help that the standard narrative is "Schizophrenics are rarely violent" in order to get us to not be worried that they're not in a rubber room somewhere in a straight jacket.