We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Remember that Dr. Benjamin Rush, the founder of American Psychiatry, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was vehemently opposed to the chaining of the mentally ill, and proposed treating them with compassion and understanding. He also opposed slavery.
Image is Benjamin Rush, MD. Charles Wilson Peale, 1818.
I am not dissing all psychiatry, but it seems to me there are many comatose or catatonic or chained up patients here in the U.S., are there not? In other words, psychiatry hasn't kept all the mentally ill from having to be restrained, nor has it prevented all of them from being like vegetables.
From what I know, what this man did was wrong, however, his son was apparently getting violent and he apparently did not know what else to do.