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  •  Yes, but (1+ / 0-)
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    the vast majority of "unstable" or "mentally ill" people would never dream of doing something like this.  That's my point.

    So just saying "Well, he was clearly unstable" doesn't explain why he did it, any more than saying "he had Asperger's" does.  The instability may or may not have been a contributing factor, but even if it was, there had to have been something else too.

    I think there's also a discussion to be had about what is considered "stable."  As discussed elsewhere here, the definition of "insane" by legal standards depends on one's ability to tell right from wrong.  So does someone with a mental illness who can still make that distinction count as unstable?

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