I became aware of this local controversy somewhat accidentally. A week or so back, I was having an unfortunate health episode which took me down to my local emergency room for six hours. I will spare you the details of my condition, because this post is not about me. While I was whiling away the hours, I saw a guy in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs being escorted by two policemen. I said to myself, wonder what that's about.
Later on, the next day, I saw the story on my local news. An ex-marine had been posting pictures of himself on Facebook shirtless and holding a shotgun, with some odd comments about people getting their heads removed and the time has come for a revolution against our government. Somebody got worried about him and the police were called. They found the young man at his home shirtless and in a combative mood. Long story short, he was taken in for a psychiatric evaluation and is still being held.
This event has not been without controversy. Some friends and relatives of the young man actually were waving signs outside the hospital the day after I was there, saying set him free, police state, yada yada. While I am sympathetic, I think of all the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have suicided over the past couple years. There have also been a few who have killed others as well. I think to myself, friends and family, would you prefer for this young man to be dead but free? Free is nice, but when you are dead you don't get to enjoy freedom. The local news hunted up the young man's former commanding officer, who said, yeah I remember him- and if he was saying those kinds of things, then he absolutely needed to be taken to see a psychologist, better safe than sorry. Apparently this young man was not given to idle threats- when he made threats, he meant them.