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Brains, Bullets
Cowboy Confessional ^ | 2014-06-04 | Guy Smith

Posted on 06/04/2014 11:18:36 AM PDT by guyshomenet

I was on a UC Santa Cruz public forum panel last week, where we were discussing gun control (myself, Adam Winkler from UCLA Law, some out-gunned chap from the Brady Campaign, and a co-founder of the Liberal Gun Club (yes, they do exist).

While running through the various sources of gun deaths (62% of which are suicides and thus clearly a mental health issue) it occurred to me that your garden variety street gang member isn't mentally stable ... at very least a sociopath, and in many instances an utter psychopath.

So this link is to my opening investigations into this. If valid, then mental health becomes the common thread between suicides, rampage killings and even street crime. Might refocus the discussion.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: banglist; blogpimp; crime; guncontrol; mentalhealth; wankerguy

1 posted on 06/04/2014 11:18:36 AM PDT by guyshomenet
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To: guyshomenet

What caused you to excerpt your own blog?

2 posted on 06/04/2014 11:20:59 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: guyshomenet

Shooting someone for no good reason is crazy.

Insanity is the point.

Pouring through the statistics concerning gun deaths in America, we find that they all fall in several interesting groups, mainly suicides, rampage killings and criminal activities. These groups come to the fore because they either occur a lot, or the randomness of the events scares us to the point of requiring impromptu BVD exchanges.

sociopath gang tattooMost suicidal people are not mentally well. I say most because a few terminally ill folks, or those with debilitating medical conditions, decide with a clear mind that their daily physical torture is less desirable than a permanent dirt nap. A few more spontaneously exit the world under serious short-term stress. The rest typically suffer from some form of clinical depression. Many legally acquire a handgun (or already own one) and apply a single dose of rather effective lead-based medication.

As everyone – even Mother Jones Magazine – has observed, rampage killers are universally nuts, or damn close to being so. According to the Jones tally, about two thirds of rampage killers had histories of mental illness. The rest may have as well, but privacy laws and incomplete journalistic efforts keep us from knowing all details. Thankfully rampage killings are statistically rare, and the annual body count is tiny compared to suicides …

… or criminal homicides.

After suicides (62% of all gun deaths) criminal homicides (35%) are the most prevalent source of gun deaths. Statistics from our own government show that gang activity is disproportionately responsible for firearm deaths and woundings. Gang members and other criminals have near zero regard for anyone else, displaying a wide range of psychologically suspect conditions. You have to be nuts to want to murder strangers in other gangs and innocent bystanders, as is the recreational habit of modern day gangsters.

Since mental instability runs through the minds of suicidal people, rampage killers and gang members, we may have found the common key to gun deaths.

According to the fourth edition of the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders, garden variety sociopathy is classified as an “antisocial personality disorder.” Characterized by a “pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood.” The diagnostic manual goes into greater detail, itemizing tendencies to be irresponsible, liking booze and drugs, and that sociopaths “may be indifferent to, or provide a superficial rationalization for, having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from someone.”

In other words, thugs.

My research has only started, but already we find interesting tidbits, like one study that claims over 50% of gang members score moderate to high for psychopathy, the rest being merely sociopaths. This explains a bit about gang culture in that sociopaths – despite having little regard for anyone – still have a desire to form relationships, namely fraternal ones with other sociopaths. These groups have a subpopulation composed of people who even average gang members view as extraordinarily dangerous, namely the psychopaths. Differing degrees of dementia notwithstanding, the fact is gang members are by definition mentally abnormal, and the literature appears to statistically support such.

Diving into how inner-city culture may drive denser sociopath populations is more than I care to cover at this moment. But it does bring to the foreground a singular point for all humans to consider, and even for those non-human mammals called politicians. If mental illness is the common denominator in the three most prevalent and notorious forms of gun deaths in the country, then the policy needs to be based not on bullets, but brains.

3 posted on 06/04/2014 11:24:27 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: guyshomenet

Admin Moderator,

Excerpting of one’s own blog are a touchy subject because if it is your own work, there is absolutely no reason to excerpt it- you own the content. Excerpting is only done generally if you don’t own the content. Excerpting one’s own work is often an indication that the intention is promoting one’s own site.

The community also frowns on it because you don’t always know what you’ll find on the other end.

With news sources, those are usually trustworthy to be free of malware. Blogs, on the other hand can be full of malware and tracking software.

It is best to lean towards, if it is your own work, post it in full so you don’t give anyone the indication you are just wanting to promote your site. If it is intriguing enough and people learn to trust you, they’ll visit your link. More often than not, excerpting your own work will just backfire and you’ll lose the community’s trust.

4 posted on 06/04/2014 12:47:55 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: thackney; guyshomenet
But if Ozzie Nelson had gotten a gun, he'd eventually have been blazing away at Harriet, or vice versa - I know because the MSM tells me so.
5 posted on 06/04/2014 12:50:23 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: thackney
The terms “Gun Violence” or “Gun Deaths” are propaganda terms. They imply that death by gun is somehow more evil than death by other means, such as knifing, bombs, strangulation or poisoning.

To use the term “gun violence” is to fall into a semantic trap.

6 posted on 06/04/2014 8:05:21 PM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

Agree with your perspective

7 posted on 06/05/2014 5:07:31 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: humblegunner

Well, I’m stuck between a rock and and harder place.

If I post the entire entry on FreePer, then Google hits my for duplicated content.

In the past I have excerpted material, and FreePers complained.

So this time I wrote a summary so people would understand what the topic was about and could intelligently decide for themselves if it was worth exploring. This seems like the best option.

8 posted on 06/08/2014 8:43:09 PM PDT by guyshomenet
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To: thackney

Thackney, don’t you think copying/pasting copyrighted material is in bad form (not to mention illegal)?

9 posted on 06/08/2014 8:44:37 PM PDT by guyshomenet
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