I have mixed feelings about institutionalizing the mentally ill.<quoted text>
There were two major waves of de-institutionalism: once in the 50's then again in the 70's. Charles Whitman's UT tower shooting is the first such incidence I can think of and that was in the mid-60's.
The thought of them sitting there vegetating for their entire lives being pumped up with psychotropic drugs seems hideous.
Seeing them roam around aimlessly, homeless and abandoned is equally so. Perhaps we should hand out cyanide pills, I mean: they shoot horses, don't they?