Fox News Martha MacCallum suggested on September 19 that mentally ill people should be locked up in institutions in order to stop gun violence.
MacCallum said Aaron Alexis, the alleged Navy Yard shooter, should have been locked up for a mental health condition and that some "categories of people" need to be institutionalized, noted MediaMatters.org.
"Have we not become so PC that we do not understand that there are categories of people, many people who do not deserve to be institutionalized, but some do. And if this man had been institutionalized, something that we, you know, seem to never do any more in this country," lamented MacCallum (video below).
MacCallum failed to mention that people can already by institutionalized for making a threat to harm themselves or others.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ten percent of the American population is on anti-depressants, noted CNN.
Using MacCallum's logic, that could mean 30 million people would be locked up in mental health facilities against their will.
The CDC also reports that half of all Americans will suffer from some sort of mental illness in their lifetime, notes USA Today.
Using those numbers, MacCallum would have to lock up 150 million Americans in mental institutions.
In reality, the U.S. can't even provide enough beds in institutions for people who have been deemed mentally ill.
According to Mother Jones:
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, states were forced to cut $4.35 billion in public mental-health spending over the next three years, the largest reduction in funding since deinstitutionalization. There are 43,000 psychiatric beds in the United States, or about 14 beds per 100,000 people—the same ratio as in 1850.