Today’s stabbing spree in downtown Seattle was tragic, and given the suspect’s reported criminal and mental health history, preventable. Under Jay Inslee’s watch our mental health system has deteriorated. Likewise, Bob Ferguson does not seem very concerned with mental health or public safety issues; he’s too busy “resisting” the federal government to focus on matters that impact our daily lives.
If the mental health and criminal justice systems had paid attention to this individual, today’s injuries could have been avoided. Make no mistake, if today’s crimes had been committed with a gun instead of a knife Ferguson and Inslee would have been promoting this incident as a reason for more gun control.
It is convenient that government leaders use problems that perhaps they did not create, but they certainly enable, to try to convince you it is necessary to give up your rights for your own safety.
Why didn’t the government protect today’s victims? Given that lack of protection, shouldn’t people be given every opportunity to protect themselves?
I have heard it said that the government establishment finds a certain amount of crime and disorder acceptable as it creates the need for government “protection” and helps justify their existence. Events of the past several years lend credibility to that notion.
As your Attorney General I will ensure that the mental health and criminal justice systems have additional resources available to keep the truly dangerous in custody, and where appropriate in treatment, while at the same time ensuring your rights to protect yourself are not impaired.