We have heard from the politicians of the right and of the left on the latest awful domestic mass killing.From the right we have heard variants of “stuff happens”,”I’d go down fighting”,”it doesn’t warrant gun control”,”It’s the mentally ill”etc.From the left we hear cries for federal gun control.In the afterglow(it sure wasn’t light) of the supreme court support of the non militia “right to bear arms”, it is reasonably clear that federal legislation isn’t going to happen.The dems beating the drums for that must know that.(Clinton,Sanders)The GOP”Stuff Happens” is simply disgusting and unworthy of more discussion.(Trump,Jeb Bush,Fiorina)”Going down fighting”implies that those shot didn’t do enough on their own behalf .(Carson)
All find shelter behind “it’s the mentally ill”.Even were it so, and it’s not,what is proposed to be done about it?Both parties played a role in defunding “community mental health”while virtually allowing the state hospital systems to decay.
There is a kind of profile that emerges about perpetrators of mass gun killings.The perpetrator is apt to be a white male,age 17 -30,socially isolated, celibate and angry about it,somewhat paranoid but highly sociopathic,of average intelligence and with survivalist beliefs and inclinations although bad at it in practice.He is vulnerable to mood swings but generally not classifiable as manic or depressed.(Now that you’ve had time to identify all the known exceptions,let’s go on!)Most show destructively divided nuclear families with traditional role reversal not uncommon.Embracing of the gun and paramilitary aspiration and behavior is not uncommon.Ability to plan and execute and not execute with a policeman’s hand on the shoulder,(the old McNaughten rule) are always present.This is not the sort of “illness” the decrepit mental health non system can handle.Nor can any other system without violating the civil rights of all of us.
The NRA bought and paid for solution is “More Guns” and arm the teachers.This is a fine madness!!