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  •  If mental health were the primary issue (12+ / 0-)

    I'd agree.  However, this is just in the mass shootings.

    So, it might deal with the 29 most recently publicized deaths.   That still leaves roughly 15,000 others to address.

    Still, good mental health services is a fantastic goal in its own right!

    Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

    by Mindful Nature on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:54:44 PM PST

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    •  It isn't just the mass shootings. (10+ / 0-)

      How much gun violence is domestic violence? How much is substance related?
      One of the functions of therapy is to teach people to recognize and put words to their feelings. Even on an inpatient unit where people are very sick, they are encouraged to express their frustrations verbally rather than lashing out physically. One thing I have noticed on the net in particular is that people with limited vocabularies are quicker to jump to threats and violent imagery. So learning healthier emotional expression and coping strategies could reduce violence caused by higher functioning people as well.

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

      by emidesu on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 04:46:41 PM PST

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    •  Mental health (8+ / 0-)

      is an issue in many more shootings than just these sensational, high profile events. Domestic violence often involves mental illness, and many run-of-the-mill criminals have mental health as well as substance abuse issues. An inordinate number of crimes of all sorts are committed by people under the influence of alcohol, for example.

      Most people with mental health issues will never commit a crime, but many criminals have untreated mental health problems.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:19:46 PM PST

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      •  I have repeatedly read over the weekend that (1+ / 0-)
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        there are constant deaths in Chicago, just not 20 white kids from middleclass families at once.

        A couple black kids killed every week will, eventually, add up to too many, I hope.

        My sig was inappropriate at this time.

        by glorificus on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:32:50 PM PST

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