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    gramofsam1, Arenosa

    are people like this shooter really mentally ill? We tend to say so, because to most sane people someone who does this must necessarily be insane.

    People who do things like this tend to have what the trade calls "antisocial personality disorders" which is the new term for what used to be called psychopath, and then sociopath. They are people who lack the ability to empathize with other people. To be clear, not all people with antisocial personality disorders are mass murders, but many mass murderers do have antisocial personality disorders.

    The problem is, is this really a mental illness? A friend of a friend works for a state agency as a psychiatrist who evaluates people for mental illness for trial. He was firmly in the belief that there are people with mental illness, and there are people who lack empathy and are, as he put it, just dangerous assholes, e.g. people with antisocial personality disorder.

    Either way, what do we do with these people? We might be able to identify who they are, but unless they commit a crime we can't throw pre-emptively in prison. The situation is fraught with problems.

    "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

    by zaynabou on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 01:15:23 PM PST

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