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How Business Tackled Mass Shooters
Wall Street Journal ^ | December 19, 2012 | Holman Jenkins

Posted on 12/19/2012 3:54:43 PM PST by billorites

Dean Martin was once pulled over on a Los Angeles freeway and found to have an unregistered pistol. A reporter asked if the singer thought everyone should be allowed to carry a gun. "No, just me," he answered, stating most people's ideal of gun control.

This column got interested in the mass shooter puzzle years ago because so many shootings at the time were happening in workplaces. The perpetrators were generally old enough to have accumulated a record and to have exposed their personalities to plenty of observant parties. The red flags were numerous enough that, even allowing for hindsight bias, it was reasonable to ask if some form of psychopath regulation could not have prevented a tragedy.

Salvador Tapia, who killed six co-workers at a Chicago warehouse in 2003, was arrested more than a dozen times for assault, for illegal possession of a weapon, for threatening girlfriends and family members with a handgun.

The grossest case is Mark Barton, who murdered his wife and two children and killed nine people at two Atlanta day trading shops in 1999, leaving a note blaming others who "greedily sought my destruction." Investigators had accumulated a thick file on Barton, suspected of killing a previous wife and burglarizing a company that fired him as president.

Even students like the Virginia Tech and Gabby Giffords shooters, in their short lives, had acquired records that should have set off alarm bells when they showed an interest in gun ownership.

Yes, a problem for law and psychiatry is the problem of the "false positive." If every self-pitying jerk were a potential mass murderer, half of America would be under court-ordered treatment. But here's the point: We don't

Mass shootings are not less common than before, but fewer are employment-related. Of 20 this year, only one killer

(Excerpt) Read more at professional.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
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1 posted on 12/19/2012 3:54:51 PM PST by billorites
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To: billorites

If somebody, who has a subscription, could summarize the salient points, it’d be appreciated.


2 posted on 12/19/2012 4:01:41 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

Amen


3 posted on 12/19/2012 4:07:21 PM PST by mistfree (Their & There, they're not the same)
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To: billorites
Boy, giving gummint the authority to declare folks a "danger" and lock them up sounds like a GREAT idea.../sarc

μολὼν λαβέ


4 posted on 12/19/2012 4:15:22 PM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: billorites

How the U.S.Postal Service Tackled Mass Shooters-
They raised the price of a stamp by a nickel.


5 posted on 12/19/2012 4:22:18 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: Jonty30

Most of the time when an article is posted from a subscription sight I can get the whole article without a subscription by doing the following. First I select and copy a quote from what is posted. I select a portion that is unique but without a person’s name, otherwise you get Wikipedia etc replies.

For this article I copied and pasted the following quote in Google. “A reporter asked if the singer thought everyone should be allowed to carry a gun. “No, just me,” “.

The WSJ article was first in the list. I got in and read the whole article and the replies.


6 posted on 12/19/2012 5:54:15 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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