Guns, mental illness, drugs, and laws.
Makell L. Meyerin of Spring Grove, Illinois.
Heroin addict from the age of 14. She had a long arrest record, included felony burglary, for which she was sentenced 5 years.
Makell's mother said the only time she heard of her daughter was when she was on the news for committing another crime.
On May 23, 2018, in Antioch, Lake County, Illinois, Makell and her boyfriend were going door to door, asking for money.
When the cops were called, they sped away, and Makell fired at the cops with a Beretta Cx4 Storm Tactical Carbine.
Was it legal for her to have it?
Why no! It wasn't!
Makell and her boyfriend got away and then stole a Prius and overdosed in it.
The cops were called AGAIN, and Makell led them on a chase.
This is the video. She didn't survive, but the video isn't gruesome.
Makell's mother said the only time her violent career-criminal daughter was sober was when she was...incarcerated.
Her autopsy showed that she was full of opiates, cocaine, benzodiazepines, fentanyl, heroin, and buprenorphine.
So: Drug laws failed and gun laws failed.
In fact the entire criminal justice system failed.
What's the only thing that would've worked?
A long sentence in a state psychiatric hospital.
Makell L. Meyerin --all by herself--create two enormous crime scenes.
The cops said they'd never had a situation in which someone had fired a long gun at officers in two entirely separate places.
And THIS thing is a pistol converted to a tactical carbine.
For mass shootings, it's BETTER than an AR-15.
We can either face reality, or we can continue to allow the drug-addicted mentally ill to continue to commit ever-increasingly violent crimes.
ALL VIOLENT CRIME HAS PLUMMETED.
Except for crime committed by the violently mentally ill.
The answer is easy.
It's not about "criminalizing mental illness."
It's preventing the mentally ill from committing crimes.
@ThomasWic Early in the video when the cop was approaching the car, he knew they had probably overdosed. Guess that knowledge is common now for LEOs as it happens daily. Got me thinking. In my opinion, narcan should only be used for LEOs & EMTs who have to deal with this crap. Why use it on anyone who will continue to use drugs and very possibly cause harm to the first responders willing to save them.
You never know what is a person's bottom.
Maybe this use of narcan will be the one that takes.
Took me 10 years to quit.
Sure glad no one gave up on me
LIFE IS VALUABLE
@EarlThePearls I'm thrilled that you kicked it. Sorry if I'm irritating you, Earl. Not my intention. I'm going thru a rough patch myself the last few days; feeling down and a bit frustrated. This is my issue, not yours. Peace.
@Baline No worries - My comments are not addressed to you specifically.
I have noticed in general lately that some people seem to think killing folks for whatever small reason is fine.
If one goes armed, one needs to figure out the level at which you will kill a person
I assume if one carries, one is prepared to kill, yes?
When you said "I assume if one carries, one is prepared to kill, yes?"
and Penn answered "If someone breaks into my home, then yes."
and then you ask her "You personal belongings (not human) are worth killing for?"
I am sorry but this is question isn't spurring on conversation. It more like an assaulting Penn's character.
If a woman is home and someone is breaking into her house, I don't think they would be thinking of their "personal belongings".
@ilumanous @Penn4421 @Baline
This is a personal example. I woke up one night to see somebody up to his waist inside my son's car. Can I shoot the guy?
I chose to put a pair of pants on run out to the car and body slam the door with him in. He managed to get away anyway but I'm sure he hurt like hell the next day.
I could have chosen to do nothing or if I were armed I could have killed him dead what's the right answer?
And leaving your home to go after someone breaking into a car is different than being in your home and having someone breaking into your home.
In your situation they were entering an empty car...
She was saying that she would be prepared to kill if someone was breaking into her home.
I don't feel a need to apologize.
You are free to have a different opinion than mine.
Killing a person should be carefully considered before one does it
Stand your ground vs duty to retreat and all that has had volumes written on it.
@EarlThePearls @ilumanous @Baline Didn't say that Earl. Why would you want to misconstrue this? Question was about gun owner being willing to use deadly force. If someone breaks window, door to get into my home and I alert them that I have a gun and am prepared to use it and then... they keep coming; damned straight I will see that as a mortal threat. Who cares about breaking into a car?
Those who label words as violence do so with the sole purpose of justifying violence against words.