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  •  no one is "picking on the mentally ill" (4+ / 0-)

    But the issue with these kinds of rampage killings is universally that the person had issues. Sane, well-adjusted people by definition do not run out to kill as many strangers as they can.
    The difference in that sense between the US and other countries is not the prevalance of guns, but the disgraceful state of our mental health infrastructure compared to countries with quality universal health care.
    Having a gun is not going to make someone a killer, and gun owners, contrary to the perceptions of some here, are not cowboys just waiting to shoot people. In the vast majority of cases where a gun is used for self-defense, it's never fired.
    This kid had problems. He should have been getting more help than he was, and he should have had no access to firearms.
    No one is saying the mentally ill, as a group, are dangerous. But it's certainly the case that some people pose a danger to themselves and others, and our mental health system - after endless budget cuts, neglect and an enduring stigma - sucks and identifying and helping those people under after blood has been shed.

    “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” - Rumi

    by Jaxpagan on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 09:04:24 AM PST

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