Video: Slain girl’s father says attack the price of “a free society”

posted at 10:55 am on January 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

If you want to see heartbreaking grace and tremendous courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy, you don’t want to miss this segment from the Today show this morning with John Green, the father of the 9-year-old victim of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Christina Green was born on 9/11 and died in another act of nationally-covered violence, which her father says are “bookends” to her joyful life. Instead of lashing out, which would be entirely understandable for a heartbroken father, John instead offers us an amazing example of poise and perspective that puts many to shame:

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My granddaughter is only a year younger than John’s daughter; I cannot imagine having this much courage and grace. Please pray for the Greens, and perhaps for those tempted to use this tragedy for political purposes, take a lesson from John as well.

Addendum: Kudos to Meredith Viera for her sensitive and supportive handling of the interview.

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Arizona Law:

Arizona, like each state has its own rules governing when there can be a legal intervention to get treatment for a person with a severe mental illness. Arizona rules apply to someone who needs treatment but is unable to seek it voluntarily. Arizona mental health laws outline what steps must be followed and what standards must be met before someone can be ordered into treatment in the hospital or in the community. Arizona is one of forty four states that allow court-ordered treatment in the community, often called “assisted outpatient treatment” or “outpatient commitment.” Arizona is also among half of the states whose treatment standard is based on a person’s “need for treatment” and not just on the person’s likelihood of being dangerous to self or others. The following summary can be helpful for a family member trying to get court-ordered treatment for a loved one.

For both inpatient and outpatient care, a person must be (1) a danger to self/others; (2)in danger from an inability to provide basic physical needs; or (3) likely to suffer severe and abnormal mental emotional or physical harm without treatment, likely to benefit from treatment, and substantially impaired capacity to make informed decisions regarding treatment.

So don’t try to sell the “no one can be forced to into treatment” idea. The court can order an evaluation done to determine if the defendant can:

1. Able to determine right from wrong;
2. Ability to participate in one’s defense.

rlwo2008 on January 11, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Amazing man.

The model for how we should all be acting.

Yet so few – here at least – are following that example.

Professor Blather on January 11, 2011 at 11:10 AM

The man is right, 100%. We don’t arbitrarily restrict freedom for the CRIMINAL-ACTS of a few.

The problem is, half of congress does not realize this yet.

tx2654 on January 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM