News stories are coming out about the covert mental decay of James Holmes, who shot dozens of people at the movie theater in Colorado.
I don’t see how it can be argued, as columnist David Brooks did following the incident, that the answer is not more gun control but more psychosocial intervention. Somehow, our society should have been able to read the warning signs and get Holmes help.
That is asking the impossible of human nature. Americans are not inclined to intervene in cases like his, since we respect people’s privacy and autonomy.
And besides, who really knows what may be on someone’s mind? I wish conservatives would just come out and state the politically obvious: The cost of U.S. citizenship is that a disturbed person may shoot you anytime, anywhere with a constitutionally permitted gun. Is that not worth being an American? The risk is fairly low, so you may as well take your chances.
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