Jared Loughner Was Always "Pissed at the Pigs," According to Newly Released Documents

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Thousands of pages of records have been released from Pima County Sheriff's Department's investigation of Jared Loughner's 2011 shooting that killed six people and injured 13, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, perhaps giving more insight into Loughner's life.

Interviews with Loughner's parents show they had their concerns about Loughner's mental health, potential drug use, and having guns, but they weren't really sure what was wrong with Loughner in the days before his shooting rampage.

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Loughner's mom, Amy Loughner, told a Pima County Sheriff's Department detective that Jared never went to get a mental-health evaluation -- a statement confirmed by Jared's father, Randy Loughner -- which community college officials told him to do, after Jared Loughner filmed a video at the school.

The video (which can be seen here) shows Loughner taking a tour of the Pima County Community College campus, talking about how currency is a violation of his First Amendment rights, then talking about the school being a "genocide school," and informs his teacher (who's not actually featured in the video) that he's "pissed off."

Loughner's father, referencing the video, told detectives his son was "just too smart for his own good," but also said that getting in trouble for the video "totally sent him over. I think."

"He's always pissed at the pigs, is what he said."

Loughner's mother apparently had another view.

"His behavior is not normal," Loughner's mother told detectives an interview, which was conducted the day of the shooting, but apparently before Loughner's parents were informed of what happened.

"Um, he had kind of like, talked to himself," Amy Loughner said. "We'd hear him having conversations with himself. Or, or, or just, we, a while ago, he was like, he, he, was making all kinds of noises."

Randy Loughner said he didn't "really know" if his son had some sort of mental illness, and there was no indication.

Loughner's parents were concerned to the point of taking away his shotgun -- also at the advice of school officials -- but they believed that the shotgun was the only weapon he had. Loughner ended up going on his shooting rampage with a Glock pistol.

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JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

It all comes back to mental health.  Here are two parents who I'm sure are devastated by not only what his son did but by the fact that they didn't act on their concerns about his mental health before he did it.  The mind is more dangerous than any weapon and we need greater investment in the accessibility and availability of quality mental health services.  Qaulity mental health services are too expensive for the average family and, unfortunately, carry too much stigma.  I wonder if they would have been more likely to obtain mental health services for their son if they had a greater knowledge of what constitutes a mental illness, where an evaluation could be obtain and, if necessary, where treatment could be obtained easily and inexpensively.  And, if so, if this whole tragedy counld have been prevented.

valleynative
valleynative

@JohnQ.Public 100% agree.  We need to change attitudes about mental health and make care more accessible.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

@valleynative @JohnQ.Public We also need to educate people about the symptoms of mental illness. Loughner was practically screaming that he had paranoid schizophrenia to anybody who could recognize it, before he committed this crime.

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