15 October 2012
It wasn’t James Holmes Imagine having a family member that suffers from a mental illness and is not always in full control over his actions. He has not gotten the help he needs yet and has become addicted to medication with life dangering side effects. Then one day he unexpectedly goes out and commits a horrific crime. Should he have to go through the same process that a perfectly sane criminal would go through? Should he be detained or actually get the help he needs through rehabilitation to overcome his illness? This story summarizes exactly what happened to James Holmes. On July 20, 2012 during The Dark Knight Rises premier, James Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and injured 58 others in Aurora Colorado (Press). It was not Holmes’ complete fault for committing the crime. Holmes should have the opportunity to be rehabilitated because his mind is a great asset to society; he also suffered from psychiatric problems that can be fixed through rehab.
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He was hooked on, prescription painkiller, Vicodin. Holmes reported that he had dosed up on a pharmaceutical cocktail just before the shooting (Natual Society). The side effects of Vicodin use include altered mental states and unusual thoughts or behavior. He went into the theater with a high produced from the Vicodin. It shows that he was not himself during the crime. The reports troubled family and friends. A website states, “He shocked many friends and relatives, who said just a year ago Holmes was seen as an “all-American boy” with an affinity for his family” (Evening Standard). It appears what changed was Holmes’ decision making because of the prescription drug abuse. Through rehab Holmes can overcome his mental illness along with his drug abuse which changes his state of mind and causes him to act