Mental disease is one of the greatest threats to our society today and yet it is of relative low priority and importance in the current political environment. The most recent and most horrific demonstration of the effects of untreated mental disease should spur us all to action. Action that directs and mandates treatment, just as we mandate seat belts in cars, immunizations for our kids, and liability insurance to drive a car. We need to mandate treatment of our most severely mentally ill. It is not only the right thing to do, it is necessary if we are to prevent another gross, heart-breaking, loss of society's most valuable asset: our children.