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  •  National conversation about reducing gun violence (7+ / 0-)

    Gun violence is a much more complex issue than just stop selling guns.  (Yes we need to stop selling guns)  Criminal behavior is one aspect, much more stringent gun purchasing laws will only go so far.  A much broader conversation about these kinds of acts needs to include much broader topics.

    Violence due to mental health problems needs to be part of the discussion.  We need much better mental health solutions, treatment options, and methods to keep potentially violent people from harming others.  We have reduce the spending for mental illness.  We have hampered professionals ability to identify and treat potentially violent people, and we have stigmatized mental health in such a way that people are not willing to admit, and seek treatment when they need it, and can't get it when they should.

    After the Republicans burn down the world, they will prove the Democrats did it.

    by jimraff on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:47:17 AM PST

    •  Mental health (2+ / 0-)
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      ThompsonLazyBoy, jimraff

      What worries me is the lack of information on what pharmaceuticals are playing in these violent outbursts.

      My understanding is that we may never know what type of drugs this shooter had in his body (psychiatric drugs), since that information is not released unless given permission from the family.

      We get to know precisely what type of weapon was used, but we are in the dark about whether or not pharmaceutical drugs were involved.

      An example of this is the Columbine shootings. We only know that Eric Harris was on Luvox because his parents released that information, but Klebold's medical records are sealed. James Holmes was under psychiatric care, but we have no information whether he was being prescribed any psychiatric drugs.

      In the same way that the NRA protects their turf, I believe Big Pharma is protecting our pill-popping culture. It just seems very odd to me that someone like Lanza would go off the rails to this degree (killing kindergarteners) without  some sort of previous violent pattern.

      This is not to say that all killings or mass murders are caused by the pharmaceuticals, but I think it needs to be evaluated as much as the ease of locating firearms.

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