By Edward Fagan

Criminal behaviour, its mental illness connection

Criminal behaviour, does mental illness cause some persons to practise this type of behaviour? Yes, I know some persons who commit such behaviour because of their state of mental illness.

I also know that some persons are in a constant and incurable state of mental illness. Some are mentally ill, even though a psychiatrist has not yet diagnosed them as suffering from mental illness. Those in authority and others, however, do not always realize this.

I also think that mental illness influences much more criminal behaviour than we wish to admit. We should consider some persons who perform certain acts of crime too, to be insane persons. 

Here are a few examples:
  • 2016: Orlando nightclub shooting, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. Omar Mateen entered the homosexual Pulse nightclub at 02: 00 a.m. with a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic pistol. He started shooting at patrons and continued doing so for sometime. During this time, Omar Mateen phoned 911 and News 13 in Orlando and expressed solidarity with ISIS. He killed 49 people before police came and shot him dead.
  • 2007:  Virginia Tech Massacre, Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A. Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people on the day of the massacre before he shot himself dead. The massacre took place at Virginia Tech University where Cho was a student. Prior to the massacre, at least one of Cho’s teachers reported Cho to the university authorities. She thought cho’s very violent stories indicated future trouble; she also thought he needed help. The authorities did nothing.

Both men who did the shootings mentioned above were mentally ill. The police were justified in shooting to death the shooter in the first incident. The state acts justly if it executes a madman who commits acts such as those mentioned above.

Mental illness, continuing to look at it

A person’s mental illness, therefore, can sometimes cause that person to commit serious crime. The presence of mental illness in a criminal, however, is not a justification for not punishing that person’s wrongdoing. Mental illness, though, is not always easily and quickly detected.

There is also the question of family members denying the presence of mental illness in their relatives. These family members then refuse to seek diagnosis and treatment for their mentally ill relatives.

The absence of mental illness detection can also lead to another problem. It leads to a person’s mental illness sometimes continuing to exist undetected for years. This prevents that person from getting the help they need, and allows their harmful behaviour to expose others to injury.

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Regional integration, the good side

Regional integration can succeed among countries that are fiercely nationalistic. This is only likely to happen, however, if political union is optional for each country.

Those countries, therefore, who prefer to relinquish their sovereignty can have full integration. Those, who thus prefer not to do so, can remain sovereign independent states.

Countries participating in the integration process who remain sovereign can still benefit from, and contribute to the community. They and the community can pursue: Bilateral trade, joint development and investment ventures, and cooperation in several areas.

These areas of cooperation can include: crime and drug trafficking detection and prevention, and education and training. They can also cooperate their efforts in: disease prevention and control, and responses to shared environmental concerns. Finally, they can also work together in mutually using the sea as an economic resource.

The topics I mention in this piece are relevant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This well-intentioned agreement involves the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Regional integration, the problems

Sovereignty is precious, we must never relinquish it.  We will suffer several disadvantages if we relinquish our sovereignty to become a part of a regional super state.

These disadvantages include our having to abolish immigration processing procedures for persons from other territories in the region. We will thus have to allow them unrestricted entry into our country at all times.

They will therefore enter without having to produce any documents at all. This same unchecked and undocumented entry will apply to aircraft and seacraft entering our country from the region.

Criminals, drug dealers, money launderers, drug addicts and drugs from the region will flood our country without any trace. Other undesirable persons such as prostitutes and people with certain diseases will also do the same. These people will put our health care, social services, housing and such sectors at risks. The demographics of our country will also change permanently, and we might one day, just end up losing our country.

I can recall examples in history of a people losing their identity and country. The latter-mentioned conditions above can contribute to this unfortunate situation becoming a harsh reality.

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Terrorists and criminals

Terrorists are persons who use unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. So says the Oxford dictionary, whose definitions I use in this essay. Terrorists lie when they say they have “political aims”. Their claim to such aims is just a smoke screen to hide their criminal intentions. Terrorist acts are therefore just serious criminal acts on a much larger scale. I mention several terrorist acts below as examples.

Spanish terror attacks: Thursday August 17 2017

  • A terrorist ploughed a van into crowds, killing 13 people and injuring more than a hundred, in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas in the afternoon.
  • Hours later, police shot dead five attackers wearing fake suicide vests after a second attack in Cambrils, a coastal town south of Barcelona.

London Bridge terror attack: June 3 2017

  • The London terror attack killed eight people and injured many others on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market on Saturday June 3.
  • Three knifemen were shot dead by police after mowing down pedestrians on the bridge and going on a killing spree at pubs and restaurants at 10pm.

We know for sure that those acts mentioned above are criminal acts. Crime is: an action or omission which constitutes an offence and is punishable by law. Treason is: the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the sovereign or government. A criminal, similarly: is a person who has committed a crime.

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Terrorists, remove the myth

From the above definitions, these people are criminals who may also be guilty of treason. Even if they have “political aims” and are guilty of treason, they are still criminals. Treason is a crime as shown above. They are not political figures. They are not religious figures. Plain and simple, they are criminals.

This is the myth of these people: we choose to associate them and or their actions with political aims. Then we refuse to brand them as criminals. We choose instead to give them the glamorous title of terrorists. This is a prestigious award to them. They wear it with pride rather than shame. They flaunt it to recruit new followers of their evil way. We’re only aiding their effort when we do this.

We are associating these people with freedom fighters. They are not freedom fighters. These groups are not National Liberation Movements. There’s a big difference between these two types of group.

In our fight against this evil we must destroy the myth of these people. Authorities must stop treating them as prisoners of war. Governments, the media, organizations and individuals must stop referring to these people as terrorists. We must refer to them as criminals and treat them as such.

The law courts must try them as dangerous criminals; and the state must execute them if the courts order this. If the courts sentence them to imprisonment they should go to prison. Prison authorities should treat them like other dangerous prisoners.

An Original Essay
By Edward Fagan

An original essay

by Edward Fagan

Crime, the beginning

Crime seems to be as old as mankind himself. We might thus gain greater understanding of it and its origin, if we learn about the character of early mankind. Hopefully, when we understand crime and its origin, this will help us to greatly reduce incidences of criminal acts.

Did we have criminal thought in our character from our very beginning? Or did it enter our character at a later stage? If we had it in our character from our very beginning, then its presence might be necessary. It might be a permanent part of our character. It might serve an important function and be acceptable.

Criminal thought is not and never will be a necessary and permanent part of our character. It does not serve any important function. It is not and never shall be acceptable.

So then, criminal thought entered our character at a later stage. It is alien to our character. It does not belong in us. How did it get into our character? We used our own individual free will to incorporate it there. Yes, we brought it in ourselves, and still do. We chose it instead of choosing to keep what we had, its absence.

Fortunately, we can remove it from our character. Using our own individual free will, we can remove it. We can thus return our character back to its crime-free state. (What we say here about criminal thought also applies to criminal action.)

Some individuals refuse to remove it from their character. What should we do when this happens? Should we ask the state to punish those individuals?

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Crime, What about punishment?

There are the old and new schools on criminal punishment. Did the old school method work? It had some flaws, but yes it worked. Why then are we using the new method? They said the new method was better. They asked us to try it and we agreed. Is the new method working? No, it never works. It is producing more criminals.

I’m for the old school method. Let’s keep the old punishments. We’ll keep capital punishment. We’ll also keep corporal punishment. Let’s execute only guilty men based on evidence. Execute them in public as an example to others. We’ll also not abuse our children.

Crime, reforming criminals

Earlier I said we can remove criminal thought from our character. I also said we can do this using our own individual free will. Criminals should do this. They should also receive help from others in their effort to reform. They, fortunately, receive such help. The helpers, however, are not coordinating their efforts. The various groups who offer this help should coordinate their efforts. They did it in the old days.

The family, church, school, the media, law courts and prisons offer help to criminals who want to reform. Let us hope these bodies coordinate their efforts as time passes.

By Edward Fagan