I am sorry about what has happened. Had to google to find out what you guys are talking about.
And I have to agree with CO - the mentally ill are more often at the receiving end of violence.
There is no way you can explain away the deaths of innocent people. But we, society as a whole, need to look out for each other and help where we can. I have a mentally ill son (who, thank God, has recovered well and will continue to recover). But when I put myself in his shoes and just try to imagine what he has been through - stigmatization, meds that don't work, people who won't listen to his trying to explain symptoms etc. - I can only wonder if I wouldn't take a gun to people with what appear to be well-ordered, cosy and productive lives.
Mental illness is on the upswing. Any decent psychiatrist will tell you that today's childhood ADHD epidemic is postioned to become tomorrow's seriously mentally-ill-population. Unless we start making changes to how mental illness is approached, starting with proper diagnosis after pursuing every infectious possibility imaginable instead of applying standard chemical straitjackets to pie-in-the-sky 'chemical imbalance' life sentences, we are going to see more of these very unfortunate incidences.
My heart goes out to the families of the victims, and also the family of the gunman. It is sad and disheartening when things like this happen.
I have to agree, STOP THE HATE. Stop the unnecessary violence - with words, too. We are stuck on this planet - TOGETHER. As an outsider (living in South Africa) I view the Lyme Wars in particular as a senseless waste of time and energy. Science is one thing, but whether you are loyal to IDSA or ILADS, the suffering of people with borrelia infections continues unabated. No amount of debating scientific papers and ideologies is going to make a bit of difference to the person with serious (and, I'll say it - CHRONIC) - borreliosis. Your compassion will do more than your scientific knowledge. But I am sure that most of those on LNE are affected by borreliosis, either directly or indirectly. Or we would be out surfing or having a real life instead of looking each day to see if something new has popped up that we fear we may miss.
Perhaps we should be the ones setting the example. If a bunch of people who have the capacity to interact intellectually on a forum such as this cannot 'live together' in an amicable manner, how can we NOT expect a person whose brain is totally screwed because of whatever reason, to go out and destroy a piece of the society that he cannot fit into?
Maybe I am just ranting and not making sense. I hope it doesn't all come out wrong.
I am just sad. And frustrated. Sad for the poor victims - and frustrated on behalf of myself, my family and every family out there who has to walk the road of mental illness with no sign posts, no map and very little support.
Again, I am saddened, more than anything else.