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realclearworld

Exactly correct

An excellent dissection of the real reason behind the mass murders. (Hint: it's not the guns that kill people, it's the crazy people that kill people.).

[...] The real issue is very clearly the mental health and mindset of the murderers. In criminal law, mens rea;  a "guilty mind" or the more poetic malice aforethought, must be established. This is at the core of our system of justice. The first step is to examine the mind of the criminal.

But the Vice President is trying a Bum's Rush in order to cram down some highly unpopular and quite possibly unconstitutional gun control laws. Some of our politicians are once again trying to overturn the 2nd Amendment. Rahm Emmanuel, after having just had Chicago's ban on firearms overturned, is now right back at it. Of course it is Mr. Emmanuel who famously stated "never let a good crisis go to waste".

In Newtown and in Columbine, CO; in Aurora; in Tucson, and at Ft. Hood it is clear that the shooters had incredibly dark mental health issues and many common traits.

They did not live in a vacuum. Criminologists and psychiatrists and therapists have all worked to understand the reasons for these massacres and others and there are boxcars of data. But the discussion of mental health is not a part of the desired narrative.

20%+ of our prison population has been diagnosed as mentally ill. The problem is not just massacres. It is ax murders and mothers drowning their own children and the physical and mental violence committed by and against the mentally ill.

The psychological profiles of many criminal types are well understood. That of mass murderers is well-known and is archetypal. One or perhaps two crazed loners at odds with society. And yet the political solution proposed is to regulate the many rather than the few.

There is an effective blackout in dispensing this information and encouraging root cause solutions. And so the debate is dishonest at its very heart. [...]

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