This is treacherous as it is too easy to define owning a gun as being of symptom of unbalanced.
Adam Lanza was taking Fanapt - FOR ACUTE SCHIZOPHRENIA
The FBI defines mass murder as four or more murders occurring during a particular event with no cooling-off period between the murders.
In 2012, out of a population of 313 million, just 6 people chose to become mass murderers.
That is the proverbial microscopic spec on the point of a needle lost in the biggest haystack youve ever seen.
I’ve taken part in psychology studies for pay, many because I’m willing to say in the questionnaires that I am conservative.
There are surveys / studies that seek to link political orientation to lower compassion, less sensitivity, lower rationality, seeking authoritarianism, less willing to help others, less charitable, not as open minded. Though I do agree with the TED talk that found that liberals are more likely to be novelty seeking and have a lower disgust threshold.
There is already data and a series of studies seeking to prove that conservatives lack traits liberals prize and consider necessary for a “good” society like tolerance of everything.
Given the historical fact of how despots have used “mental illness” as a way of controlling political opponents, I think this article points out some clear hazards. The simple understanding that life has inherent risks that cannot be controlled to a 100% certainty would be a good start toward sanity for those who become emotional in their inability to understand firearms as just one tool (among many others) for personal security.
The question is moot since the lunatics are now running the asylum.
The response to Newtown should simply be mourning. All of the ingredients that allowed these things to take place existed 20, 30, 50 years ago, and throughout human existence. They’ve only started happening with regularity in this country recently. Why is that? I think the answer can be found in this quote by John Adams:
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Easy answers are unrealistic unless one wants confiscation and the associated increase in crimes (other than murder and mass murder) seen in Britain.
The kid who did the killing in Ct did not own any guns.
Unfortunately, his mother did, and she made them accessible to her son.
We will always have the mentally ill among us. Predicting which of them will become killers is certainly not an exact science.
I was taught in psych class in nursing school, that when it comes to mental health, that mentally, there is no “black” or white” and that we’re all just a different shade of gray.
I recently correctly diagnosed a friends 4 year old with Aspergers Syndrome after our first meeting. I noticed that she walked everywhere on her tiptoes, and noted other behavioral quirks that are common to the disease, such as inability to make eye-contact, inappropriate modulation of her voice, abnormal sensitivity to noises.
Most Aspies are smarter than average and are often the first kids to read and know numbers at her age, but are not socialized at anywhere near their age level. The four year old girl I met is still in diapers.
I know there is some battle going on withing the psychology community (which is a very liberal and trendy community given to all manner of progressive nonsense) to delist Aspergers as a syndrome, but it's one of the most obvious and unique congenital mental impairments.
Here is the Wikipedia article on it, which is pretty good.
The IRS and Homeland Security.
Which raises the alternative question: Is Joe Biden mentally qualified to own a mouth? I'm being serious too.
The problem is abuse.
Shrinks are notoriously liberal and would report anyone walking through their door as “unsuitable”.
This would only work if there were some minimum standards, such as an expressed threat.
Yes I have been warning those who want to blame this on mental health. this is a slippery slope I don’t want to go down... putting our constitutional rights at the mercy of shrinks, judges, politicians, and/or family members.
What bothers me the most about this idea is the probability the psych database will be prone to the same problems the NECS has: No way of knowing how you got on the list, no way of knowing how to get off the list if you’re on it (Hint: you can’t), and no way to know if you’re even *on* the list, short of being rejected.
It’s much too secretive for my liking. It’s gun banning by another means.
Anyone who voted for Obama the second time around and anyone who voted for Romney in the primaries while there was still another choice.
Yet treating gun violence as “a mental health problem” presents similar dangers.
gun violence is a political term.
What we need to deal with is VIOLENCE and the fact that we have so many people that see it as a solution to their problems.
The guns that Adam Lanza used had no will of their own. The did not hate Lanza nor any of the 26 other people killed. The guns had no violent intent towards anyone. The hate, the violent intent was all Lanza.