I am going to make this quick and simple. STOP SCAPEGOATING THE MENTALLY ILL! In the conversation that is going on about gun violence, gun control, etc., EVERYONE wants to just off-handily through in, "If we keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, it will be all right." This is pure BULLSHIT.
As tragic and sad as Newtown's, Aurora's, and Clackamas, etc, are, the deaths in these incidences are a small per cent of the overall deaths caused by violent acts in general, and guns in particular. The perps who have committed most of the acts that cause deaths in this country have NEVER been diagnosed as having a mental illness. I will be doing some research with more specifics and follow this up with solid numbers. Any help from the Psychologists, lawyers, and criminologists will help.
What I do know is that most people with a mental illness are law abiding. And everyone, including on this site need to stop talking like this is a mental illness caused problem.