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Monday, December 17, 2012

 
Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

We know a little about the assailant's background, and it goes without saying that anyone who engages in a mass shooting has deep psychological problems. But investigators may never know the motive behind the shooting that took the lives of 20 children, six school officials, and the one person who could tell us the most about Adam Lanza - his mother.

NRO contributor D. J. Jaffe has suggestions on what Federal and state governments can do to improve policy regarding those with mental disorders.

Every time a mass shooting occurs, a lot of kneejerk reactions turn to the panacea of gun control. The problem is that its effect is the opposite of what is intended. Strict gun control has led to an increase of violent crime in the UK. Strict gun control in Norway did not prevent one of the world's worst mass shootings. Crazy homicidal people do not obey laws, including gun laws. And outright prohibition would only foster black markets, a new source of revenue for organized crime.

Update: John Fund explores the history of mass shootings.

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