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      12-15-2012, 10:06 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by DieselDiner View Post
Perhaps the difference between the U.S. and those other countries lies in the way they deal with the mentally ill? I'm beginning to wonder about our mental health "professionals" and the system that identifies and deals with these individuals.

A quick review of the past tragedies at VT, Tuscon, and Aurora reveals that the individuals were deranged and no one said anything about it to the proper authorities, or dealt with them in an appropriate way. The VT shooter had mental issues since high school or before, and had been evaluated by doctors but it was never put into the system, had it been he would have been denied the right to purchase the gun. Same with the Tuscon shooting, he was deranged, kicked out of college and teachers feared him, but no one reported it, just wanted to get rid of him. He was to go through a mental evaluation prior to returning to school.
And yet all these mentally deranged individuals had easy access to guns ... not just pistols, but semi automatic guns and assault weapons and plenty of amo. I agree there are multiple levels to the problem including the mental health aspect. But clearly easy access to these types of weapons is a central aspect of the problem. We can't keep ignoring this.