Many people have mental health issues. The vast majority don’t murder innocent civilians.
The statement released by Faisal Hussain’s family – which oddly came out at the exact same time Hussain’s name was released by authorities – focused extensively on mental health.
The media has since repeated much of that same language, as is often done after shootings and other terrorizing attacks.
However, this focus on mental health raises some serious questions.
There are many people (likely millions) in Canada who have some sort of mental illness. Some of those illnesses are very serious, and others are more minor.
Yet, the overwhelming majority of people with mental illnesses and mental health issues don’t go out and shoot innocent people.
Most don’t commit terrorist acts.
And that’s the danger of focusing so much on mental health in the wake of something like the Toronto shooting on Danforth.
Clearly it must take a combination of mental health issues, and some sort of radicalizing ideology to push someone to kill innocent people in such a coldly ‘efficient’ manner.
After all, the Quebec Mosque shooter and the “Incel” attacker both seem to have been motivated by an extremist ideology. And of course, someone who is willing to murder innocent people obviously has some mental issues. It is the combination of the two that is most concerning.
It simply common-sense that someone who attacks innocent human beings is not right in the head, but that is not the full story. Something else, added to that, is what we’ve seen time and time again in horrific incidents.
That’s why the angle of Islamist terrorism must be looked into, and must not be suppressed by the establishment media. As Joe Warmington pointed out in the Toronto Sun, sources say the police, CSIS, and the RCMP are looking into Hussain’s past time living in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as potential connections to a pro-ISIS website.
Blaming it all on ‘mental health,’ when there appear to be other real possibilities, only risks further stigmatizing the many Canadians with mental health issues who don’t hurt innocent people (the overwhelming majority), and could be a distraction from what’s really going on here.
Avoiding reality won’t make us any safer. In fact, it will do just the opposite.
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