You don’t have to be a psychiatrist to know if a Highland Park shooter has a headache.
His devilish work is unimaginable, but he fits in with a familiar pattern of genocide: insane young male smokers who seem to be in the American insanity.
Those who knew the 21-year-old suspect, Robert Crimo III, said he smoked marijuana habitually, a habit he seems to share with young mass shooters, including Uvalade, Dayton, Parkland and Aurora.
Clearly, the weeds did not force them to do evil, but it did shake their brains enough to empathize with them.
As the country continues to embrace the Big Weed, we must heed the warning signs, especially in the scientific literature that increasingly shows that marijuana triggers psychiatric illness and in emergency halls where mentally ill children are living proof of its misdeeds. .
The higher the potency of THC, the worse it is for the development of the brain, especially in adolescents.
But horrific attacks always welcome any hint of opposition to the legalization of wholesale drugs. Mental illness of young people is a crisis in this country and yet we are not allowed to discuss scientifically verified triggers.
So, let’s talk about the “red flag” and report the clues we have about Cremo’s mentality.
He was reported to police in April 2019, when he was 18, after making a suicide threat, Highland Park police said. This phenomenon was considered a “mental health” problem.
Five months later, family members again contacted police, saying that Crimo was “going to kill everyone.” Several knives were seized from his home.
Two months later, when he was 19, police say his father, Robert Crimo Jr., a 58-year-old former Daly owner, sponsored him for a FOID card – a license to buy a gun in Illinois.
Lawyer Steven Greenberg said the parents denied that their son had committed suicide or threatened to kill anyone. In an interview with the Chicago Cable Network News Nation, Greenberg declined to answer questions about Cremo’s mental health problems, but said his family was the scapegoat for gun control failure.
“I don’t think anyone was ever aware of the red flag that made them think their son would come out into his own community and start shooting people. . . They were great parents. A
Other reports paint a bold picture.
Cremo’s mother, holistic practitioner Dennis Pesina, 48, was photographed by ABC News on Tuesday shouting at police outside her home and exposing her chest to them.
According to a police report published on the Patch website.
When Crimo was young, his parents “had a problem,” his former coach Jeremy Canman told Fox News Digital. “There wasn’t much love in that family.”
They were always the last to pick him and his brother from the post-school Nerf football program.
“Every week Crimos was the last kid there, and we had to call their parents to pick them up,” Canman said.
Pesina “once got into it with the program manager,” she cried. It looked like her children were a nuisance to her.
At one point his father moved into a house in Hyde two miles from the family home, when Crimo stayed with his mother and the house in Highland Park fell into disrepair.
“Looks like he should be punished,” a neighbor told Fox.
About two years ago, when Panera lost her bread job at the beginning of the epidemic, Crimo moved in with her father and uncle.
Ex-friends describe the unemployed rapper at the time as a smoked weed.
Nick Pasilio, 22, used adjectives like “shy” and “calm” to describe the boy he climbed on the skateboard with from eighth to tenth grade.
But when Crimo turned 18, his personality changed, Pasilio told NBC News, and he became girl-depressed.
“Instead of going for therapy, he turned to drugs.
“He must have felt that there was a boundary in the mind that needed to be broken. The very third eye thing that goes hand in hand with psychedelic wraps and drugs.
Another old friend, Bennett Bridges, He describes the cream he knew From 14 to 17, “an isolated stonemason who has completely lost contact with reality”.
A Los Angeles student who said he used to ‘make music’ with Crimo posted multiple tweets and photos describing his ex-friend as ‘lost’ after the July 4 genocide.
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He also posted a screenshot of a post on February 2, 2021, which he said from Cremo: “That’s where my mind is everywhere nowadays.”
Cannabis doesn’t explain everything about Crimo and other mass shooters, but it does at least demand debate amid endless bias over gun laws – which are already the toughest in the country in Chicago, the killing capital of the United States.
The AR-15 used by Crimo has been banned in the city, and Illinois has a red flag law designed to deter him from buying weapons after his annoying contact with police.
But you need more than a new law on your book. You have to apply it, and that’s something that Democrats have made increasingly difficult.
Whatever the case, gun control is not a silver bullet. Something went wrong with America’s youth.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an urgent warning in December about the “devastating” crisis of young people’s mental health, which has been exacerbated by the Covid shutdown.
We cannot go into crisis without considering the impact of marijuana use among adolescents and the increased potency of the products they take.
The New York Times last month warned about the high potency of cannabis products and the potentially detrimental effects on young brains in the newly regulated legal market: “Psychosis, Addiction, Chronic Vomiting: Teenagers Get Sick as Weeds Get Stronger.”
THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, had about 4% potency 20 years ago, but today’s Big Weed products are close to 100%.
According to the medical journal Lancet, we have known for at least 15 years that cannabis use can increase the risk of psychosis in susceptible people by about 40%.
A study of 204,000 people aged 10 to 24 in the Journal of Pediatric Publications of the American Medical Association last year found that cannabis use and abuse were associated with depression, bipolar disorder and a risk of suicide.
One thing we shouldn’t have done was to make it easier for young people to access such potentially harmful drugs. But the political climate is moving towards mid-term elections in November.