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    I'm not a gun activist. Far from it, actually. But I have certainly been focusing more on the whole mental health issue since Tucson and Aurora. I don't think it's an either/or matter. It should be both/and. Unfortuantely, the few people whose mental illness contributes to their intention to commit mayhem don't need guns to do an awful lot of damage. Guns may make it easier in some cased, and have potential to do more damage in a short period of time, but there are other ways.

    I also know, for me, a large part of what is driving me to comment on the mental health connection more is the lack of knowledge many commenters have. There were rampant assumptions that if we had a better health care system some of these shooters would have gotten the help they need. It just isn't that simple. Others have blamed religion, which also is immaterial. And then you have a misperception reflected in the last sentence of your comment that somehow a mentally ill person is made to be prone to violence by a violent society and the accessibility of weapons. You forget, or aren't aware, that what is going on with a mentally ill person in these respects is going on inside their head.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 02:43:18 PM PDT

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