Letters to the Editor

Jones letter: Involuntary commitment

It has come to my attention that one of the primary reasons we seem to have an outbreak of increased gun violence and mass shootings is that many years ago some bleeding-heart judges and possibly well-intentioned politicians overturned the “involuntary commitment” law for the mentally unstable individuals who pose a threat to our society. People today just wring their hands and want someone somewhere to do something, but they don’t know what. I worked for many, many years to get to the basic core of any problem and never mind the sideshows. We the people have a choice to reinstate the involuntary commitment laws with a 90-day maximum without a hearing. Granted, in history some mistakes were made, but with today’s checks and balances, your peace officers, courts and emergency responders exercising their due diligence, the mistakes would be minimal and society would be safer. However, all this is up to our voters, politicians and judges. You, the American public, can make this happen or not.

Alfred P. (AP) Jones, Lewiston