As of Friday, January 4, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
With degrees in psychology, criminology and nursing buttressing my 40-year career in Georgia mental health and corrections public agencies, I witnessed the demise of what was Georgia's excellent mental health care systems in the late '70s. I moved to corrections in time to witness the arrival of the former mental health patients into the prison system, which now functions as the waste bin for the mentally disabled, while those not incarcerated swell the ranks of the homeless.
Although most mentally impaired are not dangerous, those left untreated/unsupervised can be. As long as we and our politicians will not take our mental health crisis seriously and insurance companies limit their exposure for treatment, this violence will continue. We need to go back and restore our mental health delivery system.
Secondly, we need a return to media production codes. What type of society tolerates "hit" show like "Dexter?" In my day, the most violence kids saw was when the Lone Ranger shot the gun out of the bad guy's hand and then went to fisticuffs. By the time a child is 18 they have witnessed 16,000 murders and hundreds of thousands of acts of violence in the media.
As long as the high and profitable media body count is allowed to roll, the young, and especially the unstable, will continue to be trained in violent death. We need to eliminate the moral rot at the center of our entertainment industry.
-- Raymond Wozniak