This will be buried.
Most of them are pretty well insulated because the next election is in 2014. That is plenty of time for them to cook up a reason for the low information voter (Now the majority in Calirado) to blame anyone and everyone except the ruling majority.
Nonsense. All they could have done was question him. If he acted weird enough possibly commit him for a limited time for observation.
Then he's back out and really ticked off.
How exactly is this an improvement?
All of these "prevent mass shootings by locking up the nuts" ideas would probably require warehousing thousands or tens of thousands of odd people who have committed no crimes in order to catch the one mass killer.
They're the pro-gun side equivalent of gun control. A theoretically simple solution to a complex problem that just will not work.
Guess it did not fit the AGENDA desired.
Both Holmes and Ebel should not have been on the streets and the only thing that would have kept them from killing was getting them off the streets. And it was government screw-ups and failures to act that put them out there.
Police have testified to having no contact with Holmes before the shooting. Why exactly was that? The complaint/warning from Fenton should have prompted police to make sure Holmes wasnt a threat to Fenton, at the very least. Had they performed that standard follow-up and remember, this was a mental health professional telling the police that her patient was both homicidal and threatening her specifically the police might well have had Holmes in custody long before the shooting.
Law enforcement is reactive. To get arrested before committing a crime is almost unheard of. There are special stalker statutes, but thats the exception. Remember the movie The Minority Report? If I recall, that was about a police unit that arrested murderers before they committed murder. Do we want that? We do have something in Florida called The Baker Act. Any official can arrest you if they judge you are a threat to yourself or others. But then the state has to take care of you; which is expensive. So its not often used. You have to really be nutso to get Baker Acted. Incarceration usually lasts 2 weeks. Two weeks would not have deterred this assailant.
Even if the doctor had a signed Im-gonna-kill-you note, chances are they would have done nothing.
Pardon my cynicism when I see articles such as the one posted. Doesn't it suggest that psychiatrists should have the final word on who is permitted to own a firearm? Doesn't it suggest a psychiatric examination as a precondition for gun ownership? Who is to design, administer and record such tests?
Of course, if one patron had been armed, it is possible that a few grains of well placed lead would have restored mental balance to the shooter.
I don't pretend to know the answers to the dilemma this kind of thing puts doctors in, or how to reconcile it with RKBA (which I'm very firmly committed to) and other civil liberties that we all treasure. It's perplexing. I only posted that fact because it came to my mind when I read the article.
Why would campus police even have any jurisdiction here? It seems like the equivalent of reporting a rape at work to the security at the front desk.. Sure, it might be a nice thing to do, but it wouldn’t replace going to the real authorities.
Are colleges independent nations, like Indian tribes—or what?