The Violence And Mental Health And Violence Essay

813 Words Sep 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Lieberman Stops the Violence In December of 2012, Adam Lanza drove to Sandy Hook Middle School and and fatally shot twenty children, six adults, his mother, and finally himself. In June of 2015, Dylann Roof killed nine African Americans at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Although those incidents are seemingly isolated, Lanza and Roof both have something in common; a complicated past that would signal that they were grappling with mental issues long before they committed the crime. These cases and countless others reveal the connections between mental health and violence, suggesting that some changes need to be made if we want the violence to stop. Jeffrey Lieberman, a psychiatrist, successfully argues that at the root of the violence is a failure to diagnose and treat mentally ill people early and a lack of a substantial healthcare system. By relying on his status and experience as a psychiatrist and offering many solutions that would appeal to his audience, Lieberman alerts readers to the urgency of the issue and gives them a clear path to action. Lieberman bolsters his credibility early in the article in order to establish trust with the reader. He starts with a story about Vester Lee Flanagan II, another “perpetrator with a troubled past”, which draws attention to the issue at hand. Immediately afterwards he directs that same attention to himself as an authority on mental health and violence. Lieberman introduces himself as a psychiatrist, which is a physician…

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