I appreciate Benjamin J. Hubbard's take on angels and demons, and the goodness of most people, and I respect the turn to religion to process events such as the tragic massacre in Seal Beach ("Our angels are stronger than demons," On Faith, Oct. 19). Scott Dekraai, the alleged Seal Beach shooter, is a severely disturbed individual. The tragedy didn't have to happen. I suggest another practical approach that would tap into concrete responses by the angels:
Many people in our society are suffering from real neurobiological disturbances, ranging from depression and other mental illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Programs to help treat these conditions are routinely underfunded, defunded and stigmatized.
Everyone in society is affected by these illnesses. Mental illnesses take up more hospital beds than heart disease and cancer combined, and many (most?) people with mental illness who should be hospitalized or under treatment aren't receiving any care at all. Sadly for them (and us), many end up homeless, in the penal system, adding to employers' costs due to absenteeism, consuming precious resources of law enforcement, etc. Society could save money and lives by providing better societal support.