1. ratbastard says

    If this man is off his meds, and is a paranoid schizophrenic, he should be locked up for life [IMO] and forced to take his meds, but not charged with ‘hate’ crime because a schizophrenic off their meds are not in their right mind anymore than someone suffering dementia.

    Why are so many seriously mentally ill people roaming the streets of Canada and the U.S.? Tons of $ are spent on ‘helping’ and treating the mentally ill in both countries, yet…

  2. Francis says

    Actually, the entire mental health industry is sort of neglected. And the fact that people either don’t realize or don’t want to accept that they have mental illness issues. So with that, you have a lot of people undiagnosed, plus there are the thousands who are misdiagnosed. Add onto the fact people with mental illness have a much harder time finding employment, meaning they make up a disproportionate amount of homeless individuals. There are a lot of factors. One can only hope this tragedy can begin a conservation and action regarding this serious issue.

  3. Caper says

    This is a failure of the mental healthcare system that has destroyed two lives. Denny should have never been allowed on an unsupervised pass. Police were already searching for him as he didn’t return after his hour was up. Unfortunately, Mr.Taavel paid the price of that decision when he tried to break up a fight.
    I live in Nova Scotia and this has sent shockwaves through the province, both gay and straight.

  4. darkmoonman says

    “Tons of $ are spent on ‘helping’ and treating the mentally ill in both countries, yet …”

    A public myth. Starting with Reagan, money for access to psych treatment has been repeatedly cut and continues to be. The main emergency psych unit here is Seattle is being shut down with no serious replacement/backup.

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