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Response to tradecenter (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:31 PM

10. He should have been paroled to a mental institute.

If the doctors there eventually declared him fit for society, then he could be released to the public.

Unfortunately, most of the nation's mental institutions were closed during the Reagan administration. The rationale they used at the time was "that's why we have prisons". That meant people with severe mental issues have to commit a crime before they can be warehoused, and there is no mandatory follow up for psychiatric help. The result is punishing a psychopath who thinks he did nothing wrong.

It seems many if not all of these mass shooters have a history of prior mental illness that goes untreated until it's too late, and even then they simply go to prison where psych help is rare or nonexistent. Our social priorities need re-evaluated.

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