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Re: “Gun violence: Our city’s public health crisis

Why does the Examiner give this lunatic a soap box from which to preach her political bias?

Posted by Hugh Grant on 08/19/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Gun violence: Our city’s public health crisis

Sorry but the statistics and reality arent on your argument. crimes and gun violence are drastically dropping in SF.
Major crime areas of the city like Bayview Hunter's Point have seen drastic drop in violence and crimes.

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Posted by Johnny Styles on 08/18/2014 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Gun violence: Our city’s public health crisis

Rats? Looney tune posts. It is THE GUNS. It's common sense.

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Posted by rfkolbe on 08/13/2014 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Gun violence: Our city’s public health crisis

Clean out the rats nest. Guns are not a problem. People are the problem. Eliminate any and all social welfare programs as they are presently administered. If you accept welfare (any type) some type of community work must be performed being paid at minimum wage and all school age children will be required to attend school; drop out and family benefits stop. If you are employed and earn less than 23K/year your pay will be supplemented by 5%. Names of fathers must be revealed and if alive required to pay 40% of their income for child support. Use the (ha ha) IRS to administer this part since they are so proficient. Crimes of Murder, rape, armed robbery, child trafficking, wholesale selling of narcotics should receive a mandatory death sentence. Only one appeal allowed.

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Posted by granddad1 on 08/12/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Gun violence: Our city’s public health crisis

Most of these shootings are from handguns. It is the handguns. So, think of every other reason for hot flying lead, and you still end up with the easily concealed handgun.

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Posted by rfkolbe on 08/11/2014 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Gun violence: Our city’s public health crisis

If it were a disease, I would say exterminate the vector. Kill the rats, and deny them food/shelter, and you prevent the plague. Too bad it's not a plague, it's violence, perpetrated by PEOPLE. Put more cops in bad neighborhoods, let good people defend themselves, and figure out how to fix whatever's wrong in your violent areas. The last one is hard, because your problem is people. Likely people who voted for you

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Posted by Brandon Brooks on 08/11/2014 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Gun violence: Our city’s public health crisis

Sorry, I meant to write "soul". BTW I don't know enough about Malia Cohen yet to say if she's any better for D-10 than any others running, or if she's just another in the endless list of over paid government service hacks, but I do know a campaign ad when I read one, and this one was in extremely poor taste.

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Posted by tonyboySF on 08/11/2014 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Gun violence: Our city’s public health crisis

We created a monster who's name I not poverty. If poverty was the problem, poor people all over the planet would be killing each other and the rest of us for survival - they aren't. If lack educational opportunity were the problem, we'd expect kids fighting to stay
in school, instead of killing someone for a pair of outrageously priced shoes.

What does our government teach?
1. You have more rights in the USA than you were probably born with.
2. We value government intervention over personal responsibility and independence.
3. Drugs are great unless we tell you not to use them. And don't get caught selling either!
4. You're nothing if you aren't sexy, and Uncle Sam will pay for your BC and to raise your kids.
5. If you fail or behave badly, it must be someone else's fault. Maybe some racist?
6. When police use excess force, and abuse people, it tells others do as I say, not as I do. Most parents learn that fails.

What does society teach?
1. Money is more important than integrity.
2. No matter what kind of social deviant you are, you can be famous and live well if you score the big bucks.
3. Racism - there's only just the human race as far as we know, all descended from common ancestors, but since many of us look
so differently on the outside, lets discriminate. In reality isn't most discrimination about someone's superiority complex?
4. Who you are and what you can give to the world is not as important as how you look, who you are currently dating, and how you
can shake it.
5. Religion is either the answer, or the problem, but in either case, much like art, it can not be defined.
6. Words mean what we want them to mean - ya know? Respect? It must depend on where you're at?
7. Writers and producers don't teach and preach why we should behave better, they simply entertain us with a history of how we
are choosing to act. The things we most fear, are the things we demand to see more of.

Maybe the monster's name is progressivism that feels your pain while it's stealing your sole?

In a society where so few people can say NO, why should we expect kids to work hard to earn what they want? Note: most do just that, but we're not filling our jails with most kids or young men. We're filling them with the low level troops of the drug wars - which is to say gang members or wanabes.

I'm happy to read the murder stat in Richmond went down, but it seems a cultural shift has occurred where life is considered cheap.
Too many people of all colors are either looking for a fight, or unwilling to back down from one. It seems what we like to call civilization is devolving instead of using knowledge and technology to save the world. Better death by science - whether it be sugar
in your foods, or drones in your skies. The most important work ever done is that of parenting, and it's hard work!

Malia and the boys are not going to solve any gang problems by creating a jobs program. No honest job pays what the drug gangs pay/make. Cash, tax free. R. I. P.

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Posted by tonyboysf on 08/11/2014 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Gun violence: Our city’s public health crisis

You're right the violence in Bayview is a public health crisis and should not be dealt with using heavy handed law enforcement tactics that simply suppress the problem since this monster will continue to rear its ugly head as evident by the two deaths on Sunday. Steps should be take to cut off the school to prison pipeline that has resulted in a 70% dropout rate for African American males being that many of them have been unnecessarily criminalized and are on probation or parole. Keep in mind the common characteristics between perpetrator and victim are 1) high school dropout and 2) on probation or parole....

The push back from the community is that everyone wants to see an investment made in our young people verses the continuous studies and task forces that have already been assembled. As I have mentioned the City of Richmond has an investment model that have reduced the number of homicides from 47 in 2007 to 13 in 2013 and folks in their law enforcement community applauds the success of this program.

Having lost a brother and countless friends to senseless gun violence makes this a nonpolitical issue for me and I'm wondering how many more lives do we have to lose before we figure out that poverty and hopelessness begets violence?

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Posted by Ed Donaldson on 08/11/2014 at 5:03 AM

Re: “‘Laura’s Law’ a looming disaster for mentally ill

I've seen the need for forceful commitment of mental patients first hand. 3 days is a joke. I know schizophrenia and medication non-compliance very very close. Schizophrenia medication that is the only answer for many patients.

Some people here inexplicably vilify them, out of ignorance. I'm guessing the kind of people who abstain for gluten even though they are don't have Celiac disease, or sign up for Scientology.

The only solution for mental illness often is forced commitment, until compliance. Often for weeks or even months. Often multiple times. One of the defining features of mental illness is that patients literally *do not know that they are sick, or what is good for them*.

Posted by Patient Advocate on 07/13/2014 at 6:41 PM

Re: “‘Laura’s Law’ a looming disaster for mentally ill

Outpatient commitment laws are irrational and racist. See for a recent research summary.

Posted by Dr. Z on 07/08/2014 at 9:16 AM

Re: “‘Laura’s Law’ a looming disaster for mentally ill

However, this law goes far beyond wasting scarce resources

Posted by vendocon on 07/01/2014 at 1:22 AM

Re: “‘Laura’s Law’ a looming disaster for mentally ill

Jason Grant Garza here .. again ... LAURA'S LAW is a ROUSE. Who is going to ENFORCE medical law since it already IS NOT?

IF I can not even get my own medical records or CIVIL STANDBY for San Francisco General Hospital by the Sheriff LAPDOG (DPH and SFGH) or the San Francisco Police because the SFPD abrogate my medical and legal right to the Sheriff who then VIOLATES ...then WHAT? So I ask the Sheriff for CIVIL STANDBY (denied) ....Here I am asking SFPD for civil standby (told it is the Sheriff however they will call) ... NO ONE SHOWS and VIOLA I my rights and medical care records are again denied ... .

Keep DRINKING the KOOL-AID ... here is the PRIME example of the lies, deception, HARM and INHUMANITY. Any QUESTIONS? I do ... did the VICTIM get help? Did the Officers get paid? Did SFGH, Sheriff and SFPD again HARM the VICTIM? Has this happened before? What was the OUTCOME? DID anyone care before ... do you think anyone will care NOW?


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Posted by Jason Grant Garza on 06/22/2014 at 6:22 AM

Re: “‘Laura’s Law’ a looming disaster for mentally ill

Jason Grant Garza here ... again MORE PROOF that Laura's Law is INHUMANE. The purpose of the law would be "TO GET ALL THOSE supposedly NOT wanting care into CARE" the TRUTH is that this is a FALSE CHOICE since NO ONE enforces MEDICAL LAW .... here is a SPECIFIC HIPAA VIOLATION (one of many) that DPH, SFGH and NOW with the Sheriff's aid (Negligent, Untrained, Unprofessional and INHUMANE) I was once again illegally DENIED.

What will be the CONSEQUENCE ... what will HAPPEN when I press charges ... and .... so SHALL we see? Again LAURA'S LAW is based on a FALSE PREMISE ... shall we see HOW FAR and HOW much PROSECUTION the SFPD will hold DPH, SFGH and the Sheriff ACCOUNTABLE? Oh, you mean the SFPD that already TRIES to play "MIND GAMES" on VICTIMS .... (Jedi Mind Trick) and and Mind you this is from the CIT Officer (Crisis Intervention), the SFPD Pysch Liaison and she also sits on the Mental Health Board .... any more QUESTIONS?

So when will the DENIERS be ARRESTED .... again PROOF POSITIVE LAURA'S LAW is a SHAM .... I would GLADLY stand before a JUDGE asking that the LAWS be ENFORCED and the deniers be arrested and charged and held to account. I HAVE NEVER STOPPED LOOKING FOR HEALTH CARE AND MY MEDICAL AND LEGAL RIGHT ENFORCEMENT.

And for the rest that will sick their head in the sand and continue to parrot the BULL .... KEEP DRINKING KOOL-AID and realize that THEY will come for you when you pass Laura's Law and will say whatever as my videos prove ... but being the stupid sheeple .... YOU and your family DESERVE IT.

Learn the GAMES and watch INHUMANITY.

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Posted by Jason Grant Garza on 06/14/2014 at 6:52 AM

Re: “‘Laura’s Law’ a looming disaster for mentally ill

Jason Grant Garza here ... again EVERYONE is missing the POINT of the ARTICLE ... Laura's Law is "FRAMED" AROUND people who supposedly DO NOT WANT CARE ... what IF WE DO and SF does NOT provide nor ENFORCE MEDICAL LAW? I mean I can NOT even get my own MEDICAL RECORDS form SFGH when I was Illegally 5150'ed by SFPD.
As a matter of fact when I went to get my records I was illegally arrested by the sheriff and even after DPH admitting that I was RIGHT (NOT needing to sign a hipaa release for my own records) ... I still CAN NOT

WHY??? Because NO ONE ENFORCES medical law. Learn the GAMES and WATCH the INHUMANITY. Keep watching the videos .... tell your friends ... I mean IF THEY really cared ... would THEY NOT be enforcing the LAW?


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Posted by Jason Grant Garza on 06/13/2014 at 1:45 AM

Re: “‘Laura’s Law’ a looming disaster for mentally ill

Jennifer Friedenbach and advocates like her are part of the problem because they need the homeless gutter rats to keep their high paying jobs. Just ask Cecil Williams and his Wife who are both living high on the hog with your taxes. Round these people up and run them out of town and take the $500.000 a day that SF spends and hire some police.

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Posted by joe bob on 06/12/2014 at 9:45 AM

Re: “‘Laura’s Law’ a looming disaster for mentally ill

The "disaster" is to continue to allow the mentally ill the roam the street having to live like animals!

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Posted by Jennifer of the east bay? on 06/11/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “‘Laura’s Law’ a looming disaster for mentally ill

Dear Jennifer, how about you take all your beloved street people and build a nice big compound outing the boonies where you can all live together in utopian bliss?

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Posted by You're Doing It Wrong on 06/10/2014 at 10:12 PM

Re: “‘Laura’s Law’ a looming disaster for mentally ill

I'm sorry if this is insensitive but I'm tired of excuses. Parents and family are responsible for their mentally ill family not the community and tax payers. There is more housing available to the mentally ill and addicts than paying middle class folks that work hard. I'm tired of the freebies for people that take advantage of the system. Majority of the homeless area due in part of being addicted to drugs. As a person who sees this in the tenderloin and watches this I'm disgusted out taxes are there to help people that really do not want to get better. I could easily do drugs too but I get my ass up every morning and go to work and struggle to make ends meet on my own without any help. So I don't feel sorry. I've been through hell and back and did not resort to government assistance or drug addiction. Our government and society enable these people to continue their vices. Those that want to get better know exactly where to go and what to do. I have watched family members not give a crap about who they hurt with their addictions and hear them gloat on their free assistance and why they rather not work. So there is zero sympathy from me

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Posted by wakeupfolks on 06/09/2014 at 2:13 PM

Re: “‘Laura’s Law’ a looming disaster for mentally ill

Any law that supports treatment for those who are not able to make decisions for themselves should be supported. Something needs to be done even if it's not the perfect solution. I would like to hear more success cases from these laws. We have gotten too numb about accepting terrible things. I've known about frustrating parents and loved ones who are frustrated they cannot help their beloved sick ones to get help they need and .e.g. the parents of the Santa Barbara shooter. The author kept talking about these politically correct stuff that makes no sense. From talking with some of these providers such as the author, I almost got a feeling that they really don't want the clients to get better and be out of their control. (don't get me wrong, most providers are well meaning and it is very difficult job). BTW Vigileants who posted toe hateful opinions are really mean spirit, we have to start looking at it as sickness instead. Last night's 60 minutes and a great segment on this. It's more sick to make fun and put down the sick ones.

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Posted by Concerned citizen on 06/09/2014 at 10:47 AM

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