Mental health is one of the most overlooked medical conditions of the modern age. If you don’t believe this statement, you need only look at the high numbers of violent crime perpetrated by “normal, healthy, citizens” in recent years, to see the proof.
Even the most “normal” among us can seem as if they’re doing fine, even if internally their minds are fighting a losing battle. It can happen to anyone, to our friends, our spouses, our children, even our mothers, and fathers…
It was a quiet neighborhood, one where everyone knew each other. At the end of the street, in an unassuming house, lived a husband and wife with two teenage daughters. The couple had been on the outs for some time and itt was common knowledge in the neighborhood that their previous altercations had been loud enough for police to become involved.
Needless to say, the police had been to this house before. The previous calls had been mostly due to the mother, Christy’s sudden and unexpected mood swings. She was clearly going through some sort of mental crisis and needed help, but it seemed like the minute the incidents passed, everyone would simply put her growing mental health issues to one side: to be dealt with another day…
Responding to a Scene
This Friday afternoon, however, things took a turn for the worse. The police were called down because shots had been fired at Christy’s home. Police rushed to the scene, hoping that all their previous visits had not amounted to the terrible end they feared they might. Things had indeed come to a head that day.
The officer arrived to find the bodies of Christy’s two daughters, 17-year-old Madison and 22-year-old Taylor, laying in the street. Both of the girls had been shot and were now bleeding out on the very concrete where they’d spent their summers riding bikes as children. Meanwhile, Christy was still armed…
Both Madison and Taylor worked as babysitters and had done well in school. Taylor, the oldest, was attending Lone Star College. Christy had shot Taylor once while she was inside the house and twice more once she’d fallen on the ground outside. Madison, the 17-year-old, had tried to help her sister out but had been shot once by her mother in their front yard.
The gathering police stood behind their squad cars, guns drawn, lights blaring, trying to calm down the armed and raging mother-of-two. They shouted at her, doing their best to make her drop the weapon so they could bring in emergency crews to save her daughters, but it appeared that Christy was not about to “go quietly…”
Try as they might, the Fulshear city police couldn’t talk her down. Christy Sheats was shot dead in front of her house before she was able to shoot anyone again. The girls were rescued and rushed to a nearby hospital. Sadly, despite the best efforts of paramedics and doctors, both of her daughters died from their injuries.
Why had she done it? Why had a mother who so clearly loved her children shot them in their home, in the street like animals? Police were unsure, but they surmised a family argument arose that simply tipped Christy over the edge. To get to the bottom of things though, they had to talk to her husband…
Christy and her husband had been separated for some time, but not divorced. They were on the outs, but had recently reunited and reconciled some of their differences. They were even together that Friday for his birthday. He was apparently in the other room when he heard the bullets ring out and ran for help.
Don’t Do This
Once he had found a neighbor to call the police, he begged his wife not to shoot the girls. “Don’t do this,” he told her. “They’re our kids…” His pleas fell on her deaf ears as easily as her own daughters’ had. When it was all done, he too was taken to the hospital with his girls and was going through a tough time…
He was reportedly inconsolable when he heard the news that the girls had died. He and his daughters were close, almost like best friends since they were children. Perhaps that was why Christy went over the edge, perhaps his daughters “sided” with him over her in the most recent argument.
One of their neighbors spoke to the news afterward, saying that the Sheats family were, “Nice people…There’s nothing wrong with them.” The girls too were beloved by their friends. One of Madison’s close friends said that Madison “brought nothing but happiness to everyone she ever met. She was nice to everyone and she wouldn’t have harmed a fly.” So why kill them?
Christy Sheats’ Facebook tells the story of a woman who deeply loved her children as well. In fact, she recently posted to celebrate “Daughter’s Day” by saying “Happy Daughter’s Day to my two amazing, sweet, kind, beautiful, intelligent girls…I love and treasure you both more than you could ever possibly know.”
Return the Warmth
And it seemed her daughters felt the same way about their mother. A few Mother’s Days ago, Taylor Sheats posted in celebration of her mom as one of the biggest influences in her life. “Mom, you are so selfless, as you always put our whole family before yourself and never ask for anything in return…You’re so kind and loving, as you always remind us of just how much you care and how proud you are of everything we do…” so what changed?
There were warning signs that Christy Sheats was headed for a breakdown, as evidenced by the many visits police made to the house. Looking into her recent posts, anyone could see that she was an active Facebook user. Yet, rather than complimentary posts about her daughters, her most recent posts were about something entirely different: and more worrying.
Sheats had posted multiple times in recent months about her enthusiasm for firearms. A native Texan, it was not unreasonable to expect that Christy liked guns, but what she didn’t like was gun control. The recent mass shootings did little to quell this distaste either. If anything, the movement towards stricter gun laws only made her more irate…
Support the President
An avid supporter of the Trump administration and an unabashed Republican, Christy had been extremely vocal about her support of the Republican agenda, especially when it came to their defense of the Second Amendment.
Protect the Family
In a most ironic post, Christy Sheats wrote in March about her feelings on a movement towards greater gun control. “It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away, but that’s exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns…”
Personally, I believe that her actions only serve to illustrate how important more control over guns is in this day and age. It was obvious that Christy was mentally ill and though this had nothing to do with her love of firearms, the fact that she was allowed to own a gun just means we need better screening.
Of course, that is merely my take on the gun control/mental health situation. I understand that there will be some dissenting opinions about the importance of gun control laws when it comes to the right to bear arms. I hope that this story will be able to initiate healthy discourse amongst our readers.
Texas Mom Loses It And Commits Horrific Act Despite Warning Signs is an article from: LifeDaily