From "In The Aftermath":
If early indications about Loughner's mental state turn out to be true, perhaps the best thing that could come out of this tragedy would be a re-examination of the nation's mental health policies similar to the Virginia response to the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. Questions must also be answered about how someone so disturbed was able to acquire a firearm.Note: Neither I nor they nor anyone else will ever be able to explain that "lawmakers should strive to do more" crap. But except for that lapse in intelligence, the editorial is well-reasoned.
Mental illness is a serious public health issue that is too often overlooked except in the aftermath of this type of incident.
The call after this tragedy will be to do something, anything. Lawmakers should strive to do more. They should strive to do the right thing. [link]
And it comes from the Times. Will wonders never cease.
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Note the Second: I was expecting Ken Cuccinelli to be blamed for the shooting. My apologies to the Times for anticipating them poorly.
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Note the Third: Talk about coincidence. On the very day that the crazed gunman - see mugshot below for follow-on nightmares - was committing his vile act in Tucson, I was poring through "Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals." It's a book about many of the abandoned and crumbling psychiatric hospitals around the country. Abandoned because the law doesn't allow us - generally - to commit the insane to mental institutions anymore.
Maybe we should talk about this.