Letters: Reform and resources needed for those with mental health illness

Letters: Reform and resources needed for those with mental health illness

Protesters kneel with their fists in the air during a justice for Jamal Sutherland protest and march down from Marion Square to the Judicial Center on May 17 in Charleston. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff When federal and state authorities in the 1980s and 1990 moved to “deinstitutionalize” people who had been diagnosed with a mental health illness and actually turn them out into the world, what did they expect would occur? Without structured resources of medically trained personnel who could aid the person, the tragedy reflected in the death of Jamal Sutherland may have been destined to occur sometime in his life, or repeated with others similarly situated. Forty years later, there is a realization that has apparently set in to call for reforms and resources. Let’s pray its not too little too late. DENNIS J. DONAHUE JR. Pelican Reach Isle of Palms Don’t restrain gun rights The majority of our state senators have taken the position that the Second Amendment only protects the right to bear arms in public if the person carrying the firearm has a permit. If the intent of the Second Amendment was as our permit proponents proclaim, it would be the only right guaranteed to the government. All the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights restrain the government in some manner, yet the majority of our state senators believe this amendment requires the government to restrain the people. I believe the right of the people to keep and bear arms was meant for the […]

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