Mental illness is a serious problem in America. There is no doubt some validity to claims that some of the diagnoses are overdone, where perhaps the illness is not quite as serious as it seems. But given the enormous amounts of powerful psychiatric medications prescribed, something very troubling is going on.
And some of these folks suffering from mental disorders are truly dangerous, if not to others, certainly to themselves. When we have the intersection of legitimate mental illness and illegal behavior, the serious problem can turn critical, and even tragic.
As if the Board Patrol does not have enough work on their hands, a mentally ill man crashed through a border crossing and opened fire on the Border Patrol agents. Fortunately, they were able to get him under control without any serious injuries.
“The attack took place on Wednesday afternoon at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint north of Tombstone, Arizona.”
“The unidentified man was driving north on State Route 80 when he pulled up to the checkpoint, but instead of stopping he collided into the barriers. Moments after crashing, the gunman began to fire at the agents.”
“The agents fought off the attack and shot the gunman. Once the suspect was down, agents rushed to provide medical care and called in a helicopter to transport him to a Tucson area hospital.”
What a peculiar incident. What makes it more odd is the lack of a motive for this man’s behavior. Apparently he has some serious mental illnesses and just cracked. “Cochise County Sheriff Mark J. Dannels told Breitbart Texas the alleged shooter is a 76-year-old man with medical issues.”
This illustrates the variety of dangers our Border Patrol agents face. It’s not enough that they have to deal with those trafficking in drugs and humans as well as attempts by illegal migrants to enter the country. They also must concern themselves with the possibility of the mentally ill launching an attack for no apparent reason, something that must be impossible to predict.
They remain public servants who are deserving for our utmost support and appreciation.