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  •  There is a difference between mental illness (4+ / 0-)

    and mental disorder. There is a reason that 'insane' has a specific legal definition.

    What these spree killers are, is evil; I say that not to invite a superficial condemnation of evil or that we sprinkle holy water upon them, but good and evil are never hard to define; they're only difficult to apply sometime.

    Evil. Noun. Something which is intended solely to cause significant social harm as defined by either the intent of the perpetrator or the consensus of the society in which he or she lives.

    It's a social construct, so it has meaning, and it deserves to be used in this way. This doesn't mean we just write these people off as irredeemable; it might be time to put to use the redemption conceit which is central to all evangelical (I use the word non-pejoratively here) religions: Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, Mahayana Buddhism, Bhakti Yoga, etc.

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