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    that anyone who commits murder (with any weapon) suffers some variety of "mental illness" - at least, that's what Wayne LaPierre seems to believe. But it would be closer to accurate to suspect that the percentage of all "mentally ill" persons who are actually dangerous (to others, ignoring propensities for suicide) is probably about the same as the percentage of "normal" people who are actually dangerous to the people around them.

    If violating the laws of God or Man indicated the presence of a real mental aberration rather than an inherently weak capacity for self control (the dark side of human nature), then we'd have lots of hospitals for the isolation and treatment of the mentally ill and no need for churches or prisons.

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