Gabby Giffords faces man who went on deadly Arizona rampage as judge orders life in prison

  • Article by: BRIAN SKOLOFF and JACQUES BILLEAUD , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 9, 2012 - 7:28 AM
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don50Nov. 8, 1212:40 PM

Here is one Repub. who wishes Ms. Gifford nothing but the best for a long happy life with her husband and family.

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swmnguyNov. 8, 1212:49 PM

We really need to figure out how to deal with mental illness in America. We can't just wait for people to commit crimes and then warehouse them in prisons. It isn't fair to any of us, it's hugely wasteful, and it doesn't do any good in the long run.

It's especially tricky since one feature of many mental illnesses is the fear the mentally ill have that anyone trying to help is in fact trying to harm the victim. The civil rights of the mentally ill are real, as are the concerns about how we define mental illness, lest we label anyone with whom we disagree as mentally ill and deprive them of their rights.

But this stuff has to stop happening all the time.

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jaytee1Nov. 8, 12 1:15 PM

This is a sad and tragic story but there is another underlying tragedy and which is that millions of Americans are suffering from untreated mental illness. In fact, at least half of our homeless population might fall into that category. Until we, as a society, figure out how to deal with this, many will continue to suffer. Sadly, the political debate (Rs and Ds) is always about funding,it will take a lot more than mere government funding to solve this problem.

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firefight41Nov. 8, 12 1:18 PM

It's sad that those that spoke at the sentencing could not forgive the person for what he did.

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shushyn78Nov. 8, 12 1:23 PM

My brother-in-law may be this man's warden. I'll keep you informed.

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gwbuddyNov. 8, 12 1:54 PM

I'm upset that this shooting jerk didn't get the DEATH PENALTY. The United States has become so... Forgiving, Accommodating, etc. that there is NO personal responsibility left anymore. Psychiatrists rule the Court system. As a teenager, I knew a man that actually MURDERED his neighbor. Worse than what Mrs. Giffords went through. Psychiarists got the guy completely off the hook and he's now FREE. I don't know about others, but shouldn't there be some responsibility for your actions? Even if you are Physically, or Mentally, sick?

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tomlincolnNov. 8, 12 3:27 PM

I agree gwbuddy. YOU did this - sane, insane, etc. Why we worry about the treatment and well being of the criminal and not the victim is beyond me. They actually had to WASTE hundreds of thousands od dollars to get this piece of crap well enough to stand trial. Who cares if he's sane or not. he's a mass murderer. If there is salvation for him it will come from higher up - it shouldn't come from us. Death Penalty.

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ChachiNov. 8, 12 3:40 PM

@Firefight41 "It's sad that those that spoke at the sentencing could not forgive the person for what he did." While forgiveness is a wonderful thing, It is for the victims to decide when or even if they forgive him. They are less than two years from being shot and having loved ones die in their arms, it is not fair to expect any of them to be at a stage where they are ready to forgive.

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regionguyNov. 8, 12 6:49 PM

I would find it especially difficult (probably impossible, actually) to forgive in a situation where a child was shot dead, as in this case. Dealing with serious mental illness is complex, and is not something we as a society do particularly well. Schizophrenia is a terrible illness, and there is no doubt in my mind that he had (and has) it. But I believe he had multiple run-in's with the legal system well before he started to show major symptoms, and he had a history of drug abuse that went back to high school. I am not willing to regard him as free of culpability despite his condition.

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krzyktNov. 9, 12 1:41 AM

gwbuddy. The cost to deal with all the appeals for a person on death row is twice that of a person who gets life in prison where there is no appeal process. I think he deserves to suffer behind bars for the rest of his natural life rather than get the easy way out.

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