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Guns Don't Kill People, the Mentally Ill Do

ewolfe357 Wrote: Jan 19, 2013 9:30 AM
Amen, Ann! What drives me crazy is the idea that someone who is about to commit mass murder (psychotic or otherwise) will stop and think to himself, "I want to kill all of these people, but dammit, if I do, I'll be violating a law against possessing this AR-15" (Or "I'll be violating this restraining order" or "I'll be violating the law against 30-round mags" etc.) If all it took was a new law to stop mass murder or any form unwanted behavior, then the law prohibiting murder would already be sufficient. Laws against drugs would have resulted in a drug-free America. Laws against driving while drunk would have already eliminated drunk-driving deaths. But laws don't stop behaviors. They merely provide a pre-defined sentencing guideline.

Seung-Hui Cho, who committed the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, had been diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder as a child and placed under treatment.

But Virginia Tech was prohibited from being told about Cho's mental health problems because of federal privacy laws.

At college, Cho engaged in behavior even more bizarre than the average college student. He stalked three women and, at one point, went totally silent, refusing to speak even to his roommates. He was involuntarily committed to a mental institution for one night and then unaccountably unleashed on the public, whereupon he proceeded to engage in...