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  •  I guess the difficulty (4+ / 0-)

    is in using labels like 'dangerous' or 'criminal' without making it into a slur. When one wanders into rhetoric like 'monsters' or 'lunatics', the invocation of stigma is much clearer. So of course I give you NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.

    "How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame …" LaPierre said. "A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?"

    APA's President Dr. Dilip Jeste said in a statement over the weekend that LaPierre's comments were unfair and inaccurate.

    "Only 4 to 5 percent of violent crimes are committed by people with mental illness," Jeste said. "About one quarter of all Americans have a mental disorder in any given year, and only a very small percentage of them will ever commit violent crimes."

    Guns don't kill people. People kill guns. -- this message brought to you by the Night Vale chapter of the N.R.A.

    by tytalus on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 02:28:45 PM PST

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