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View Diary: "Evil" Is A Cop-Out (156 comments)

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  •  will we ever reach the state where we can (3+ / 0-)
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    Killer of Sacred Cows, kyril, Louise

    identify mass murderers, spree killers or serial killers and interdict their actions before they can act?  Despite many media touting the efficacy of psychological profilers in identifying potential threats, I remain a skeptic of their effectiveness

    •  Is this a black and white question? (1+ / 0-)
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      Killer of Sacred Cows

      Do you think it reasonable to suppose that occasionally a parent notices that his or her teenage child has become preoccupied with death while exhibiting odd behavior, become concerned and taken the child for help which becomes the deciding factor in that child not shooting up a school?
      The whole point of this diary is that we shouldn't oversimplify the factors that lead to violence, that we should consider as many as possible and try to address all of them. If an intervention resulted in 20% fewer dead people, would it not likely be worthwhile?

      Stay fired up: now is the time to focus on downticket change! #Forward

      by emidesu on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 11:54:10 AM PST

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      •  which was the point I was reaching towards (1+ / 0-)
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        emidesu

        as some of the discussion centered around what the mother did or did not or should or should not have done or what factors would indicate you have a nascent mass murderer on your hands to parsing mass murderer/spree killers/ serial killers/rampage killers vs your garden variety killers and vs each category to each other

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