Many states slow to hand over confidential information

Although there is a law requiring information on people who have been through the mental health/illness system be stored in a national data base so that their second amendment rights to bear arms may be violated and denied, more than half the states in the union, according to an NPR story, AP Finds Few States Follow Mental Health Gun Law, have been non-compliant at supplying names to this data base.

Kudos go to those 9 states that haven’t as of yet ratted out any of their residents. When you read the following imagine the national anthem playing full blast amid thunderous applause.

The states that have failed to submit any mental health records are: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Dakota.

Our thumbs up must go to those states who have submitted very few records as well. Given time maybe they, too, will learn to seal their lips. Uh, I mean keep their top secret file cabinets locked.

Seventeen states submitted very few records: Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

This situation may change a little in the future as legislators in the state of Kentucky just voted to comply with this unjust and unconstitutional piece of legislation.

Subtracting these states from the rest of the states we get the names of those states that deserve a good finger wagging. We must ask officials within them, “Seriously, whatever happened to the notion of liberty within the border’s of your state?” When you see the names of these states imagine thrown fruit and raucous boos.

The 24 states that are free and easy with confidential records are: Virginia, California, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, New York, Florida, Texas, Connecticut, Washington, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Nevada, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Kansas, Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Utah, and West Virginia.

People within these states must learn that there is indeed a “stigma” attached to receiving mental health treatment for their residents. This “stigma” is stored in Washington, DC.

This NPR story in fact gives us a few details about some of the most offensive of such states saying that 11 states have provided more than 1,000 records each to the data base. New York and Virginia are mentioned as being among the biggest offenders by having submitted more than 100,000 names each to the data base while California was said to have supplied a whopping more than 250,000 names.

Can 7 diagnostic labels save a murderer’s life?

I couldn’t help noticing this article, about an alleged cop killer, and the lengths to which the contemporary defense team is willing to go to try to save a poor man’s life. They’ve found a psychiatrist who, get this, is willing to diagnose him with 6 mental disorders. 7, that is, if he’s also seen as having a drug abuse or “disorder” issue.

The DSM is now a grab bag of potential defenses in capital murder cases. This case is particularly interesting in that we can see the same type of defense already being suggested for the case of Jared Lee Loughner, the man who killed and maimed so many people in Tucson. Jared, of course, killed 6 including a US Discrict Court Judge John Rule, and Christina Taylor Green, a 9 year old girl, and seriously maimed 14 others, including Arizona state Representative Gabrielle Griffords.

The article in Newsworks bears the headline, Forensic psychiatrist diagnoses Derrick Powell with seven disorders.

Dr. Alizai-Cowan told jurors she examined Powell for several hours less than two weeks after Spicer was killed, reviewed numerous records, and saw Powell again in August 2010. Based on her findings, she diagnosed Powell with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar-2 disorder, panic disorder, cognitive disorder, anti-social personality disorder, post-traumatic stress, and cannabis disorder from the use of marijuana.

Talk about getting off to a wrong start! Apparently the young man had been diagnosed with ADHD, or throw away kid syndrome, from early on.

ADHD may have been present in Powell at a very young age, according to Dr. Alizai-Cowan. Jurors again heard about school and social-service records which indicated a pattern of disruptive and disturbing behavior, and being prescribed medication for the disorder. His father, Joseph Powell, said on the stand this week that he withheld the medication from his son unless absolutely necessary because he was concerned it could be a “gateway” drug.

From my understanding of the matter, those stimulants that are used in the treating of ADHD are more likely to be triggers of violence than deterrents of such, and so I would doubt the “off his meds” argument could be applied in this case.

When you’ve got a dope pusher, and a heavy dope user, who has been smoking marijuana since the age of 7, your chances of defending his life on a reefer madness defence I imagine are pretty high.

Dr. Alizai-Cowan said the disorder related to marijuana could have begun as early as age seven. She said Derrick Powell gave some stories she did not believe, including that he smoked 30 to 40 “blunts” per day, that he made $20,000 a week selling drugs at one point, and that he was shot. Powell also told the doctor that he believed he had a superior mind and that he could control traffic lights.

I think the PTSD might end up being a hard sell that I doubt the jury will be able to buy. The rest of the assorted disorders though are anybodies guess.

Under questioning from prosecutor Paula Ryan, Dr. Alizai-Cowan said it appeared Powell likely had many of these disorders on September 1st 2009, except for post-traumatic stress. She said it was unlikely that the earlier shooting and the police pursuit triggered PTSD, but she also could not rule that out.

As you can see the future of the insanity plea seems assured when it comes to using it to try to save people from their own state’s attempts at homicide.