You have probably seen the reports of a shooting at the Highland Park, IL parade on July 4, in which six people were killed, and many others injured. The shooter has been apprehended.
Now we hear, as we have so many times before, that the unhinged shooter was well known by law enforcement. Here it is reported in Townhall:
He was known to law enforcement. How many times are we going to hear that regarding a mass shooting? He had mental health problems going back to middle school. He declined additional resources to seek help as his parents chose to homeschool him. He had a reported social media presence—and it was highly disturbing.
Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III was arrested on July 4 after he allegedly opened fire on an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, an affluent Chicago suburb. Crimo killed six people and wounded 38 others.
[. . .] left a long trail of tributes to mass shootings and public killings on social media platforms, according to numerous profiles that appear to belong to him.
Crimo performed as a rapper who went by the name “Awake,” whose recent music videos included depictions of mass murder.
Crimo’s most recent video posted to YouTube showed him in the aftermath of a school shooting. It ends with Crimo draping himself in an American flag. Another music video showed a cartoon depiction of a man wearing a shirt with his YouTube channel’s logo on it, holding a long gun and being shot by police.
Although it’s probably not important to this discussion, his father ran for mayor in 2019, and has admitted that his son has emotional problems.
We need better mental health laws and treatment. Allowing the mentally ill to wander freely in society while they refuse treatment and don’t take prescribed medication should not be allowed. For more on this subject, refer to a post from 2018: