Coffee is for closers
- Sep 19, 2016
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I agree with all of this, but I would probably take it one step further. If someone at least alerts authorities to someone who may appear to be a little off-kilter, and they can at least look into their activities. I would venture that many people, certainly not ALL, would be at least somewhat less likely to take action if they now knew that authorities were on to them as a possible nutjob. They don't even have to be "committed" to a facility, just at least being on the radar would wake up a few people.It certainly appears as if the shooter was a mental case. relatives describe him as paranoid and having apparent delusions of being followed,etc.
So, let's take this in a different direction:
If someone is nuts, should they be able to purchase a gun? I would say no. mental illness and firearms are a bad combination.
But - in a free society, how do you identify these people and red flag them before they buy a gun and start shooting? that is the real question and the tough question.
Unfortunately, the shooting is often the incident that causes the relatives and neighbors to come forward and say "there's something wrong with X."
So how to prevent it?
it would mean that relatives and friends would have to be much more pro-active. Still, it is difficult to have someone committed or evaluated without their consent, unless they have gotten in trouble with law enforcement. and a lot of people don't want to be the bad guy that ratted out wacky Uncle Larry.
unless we start taking away a lot of individual rights and freedoms, it is going to be very hard to prevent these situations. It is really up to the families of the people involved to take some action. better to have Uncle Larry mad at you as opposed to getting interviewed on CNN after Uncle Larry has just shot up a mini-mall while wearing a tinfoil hat.