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Guns, Mental Illness and Newtown
Wall Street Journal, by David Kopel

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 12/17/2012 8:19:03 PM

Has the rate of random mass shootings in the United States increased? Over the past 30 years, the answer is definitely yes. It is also true that the total U.S. homicide rate has fallen by over half since 1980, and the gun homicide rate has fallen along with it. Today, Americans are safer from violent crime, including gun homicide, than they have been at any time since the mid-1960s. Mass shootings, defined as four or more fatalities, fluctuate from year to year, but over the past 30 years there has been no long-term increase or decrease.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tren9, 12/17/2012 8:26:41 PM     (No. 9071714)

Congress must pass a law making mental illness totally forbidden.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: grampstosix, 12/17/2012 8:46:18 PM     (No. 9071729)

Shootings and stabbings have increased over the years. The reason the homicide rate has declined is due to the improved medical care available to the victims.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FormerDem, 12/17/2012 9:20:34 PM     (No. 9071760)

by the way, the very same WH that wants to ban gun sales to law abiding citizens in the US sold such guns to drug dealers in Mexico and apparently supplied them to Islamists in North Africa. I guess collateral damage relative to BATF operations is no problem? I guess freedom fighters in the Middle East get a pass on mental illness and past convictions for terrorism?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Japanorama, 12/17/2012 9:21:01 PM     (No. 9071761)

I recall the efforts by the Left in the 1960s to empty mental hospitals onto the streets.
Many slaughters would have been avoided if common sense had prevailed.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/18/2012 2:28:26 AM     (No. 9071993)

I have a theory on what happened in this case. Number one is I think the mom had become conditioned to her son´s behavior and no longer looked at him objectively.Could have just been motherly instincts taking over.

She was talking about moving to Wash. state and putting him in another school there.I don´t think he wanted to go to a strange place.His visit to the kindergarten the day before the shooting may have been based on pleading his case to these other teachers and maybe they refused to intervene.

There´s little doubt in my mind that this kid was teased,picked on and bullied in school as a high IQ geek. He became self conscious of his own intelligence and actually started hating himself because of it.He didn´t want to go to a new school and start the cycle of teasing all over again.

It could be the mom put her foot down absolutely and said they were moving.After killing mom, I think he then lashed out at the kids simply because they represented normalcy,something he could never have because of his own self perception.

Maybe a dumb theory but I´m trying.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: provide, 12/18/2012 8:44:36 AM     (No. 9072308)

I´ve heard Lefties propose an annual mental health test for gun owners. Yeah, that´s the ticket, being examined by a profession whose practitioners have the most mental health issues itself and dominated by pinko sentiments.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JoniTx, 12/18/2012 12:25:23 PM     (No. 9072755)

~~Since gun controls today are far stricter than at the time when "active shooters" were rare, what can account for the increase in these shootings? One plausible answer is the media. Cable TV in the 1990s, and the Internet today, greatly magnify the instant celebrity that a mass killer can achieve. We know that many would-be mass killers obsessively study their predecessors.~~

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