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Assume for a moment that they did notice something about their son. What could they do? In most states it is extremely difficult to have some one committed to a phsychiatric facility. They must be threatening themselves or others before they can be hospitalized, and that is only for 72 hours of observation. If they don't threaten anyone they must be released. I know I had a son with lots of problems and tried to get him help only to be told tough luck.
Try reading this article. It seems to describe your attitude very well. http://www.policeone.com/school-violence/articles/2058168-Active-shooters-in-schools-The-enemy-is-denial
If you look at the time line, it seems to me that he was planning on having at most some one with a CCW and pistol rather than the police with more fire power. The music in his apartment went on around midnight. The downstairs neighbor went to investigate and complain but didn't open the door. If she had set off the bomb or the police investigating the noise complaint, every first responder in town would have been at or on the way to the scene of the bomb, leaving the theater even less protected. Some times you are left with only bad and worse choices. But even in body armor he would have been vulnerable to a head shot or at least being distracted long enough for people to physically restrain him. As you say "Practice, Practice!
If the reporting of this tragedy is accurate, I believe in one way it points out that must issue concealed carry laws work. The suspect in this tragedy wore body armor and a ballistic helmet. If he did not anticipate encountering an armed individual these precautions would have been unnecessary. Also his attire sounds very similar to what police SWAT teams wear. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that this would cause some confusion during this incident. This confusion might cause an armed individual to hesitate before firing on the gunman. Both of these factors would give the gunman an edge in a confrontation. I have seen many comments that because he was armored a handgun would have been useless in this situation. I...
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