Tragedies like this boggle my mind.
On one hand, I think tragedies like this could be prevented by better mental health care and the removal of the stigma of "being crazy". A lot of times when something senseless happens, the person who commits the senseless act(s) is having some type of problem that could be helped by a professional. I don't think all shootings would end if every person on the planet was put on mood stablizers. But something had to be "off" with the shooter for this to happen that could have been noticed by a doctor if people had yearly mental health check ups the same way people have yearly physicals.
On the other hand, there are plenty of people with diagnosed mental health issues who don't kill children senselessly. I know from my own Grandma that when someone has a relapse of something, he or she is not him or herself. But I can't go so far as to say, "That person was having mental health issues, so children died because no one noticed in time." Mental health care may be lacking, but it's not non-existant.
I don't even know if this reply makes sense anymore. But I see this more as a "Why didn't anyone notice he needed mental health care," issue, than I see it as, "Guns are bad. make them go away," issue.
Note: I also want to make apsolutely sure that by "mental health care" I'm refering to therapy and life counseling. I am in no way suggesting that people who seem "different" should have pills shoved down their throat. I also don't think that "mentally healthy" means "happy". You can be ticked off at the world and completely sane. :)
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Last edited by SnowySurface; 12-14-2012 at 03:16 PM.