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MSgt Kurt S.
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"The concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense," said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago's Rush University Medical College. "The vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness."

Let's ask the question they need not be begged. What makes a person use a firearm to take a life of something or someone?

Shooting an elk or a deer, or a rabbit, does it take some sort of resolve to take this action? There are no natural born human hunters, we learned a long time ago, the pangs of hunger can lead to the use of a stick, a rock and so forth to take the life of another living entity. Was it the novel idea or self preservation, was there a decision to go forward with the idea or was it a snap judgment?

It's quite easy to see the progression of killing to eat to defending what you just killed and is on the menu to killing another human to keep them from stealing that what you just killed to preserve your own life. It might be your own life or your family who is at the brink of slaking the pangs of hunger. Other animals kill other animals,. The apes, chickens sharks and a whole slew of other animals will kill their own kind to eat and survive. Sometimes, they kill because of territory, jealousy, and just because of group mentality.

Are these animals mentally ill, do they seek the approval of others to caress and goad them into being a better Gorilla? Did something snap? Or is it something that is taught and then becomes a second nature as it is witnessed that the conscious mind does not falter on the question of should I or should I not? Any dog can be trained to be an attack dog and kill everything that it is not familiar or akin to be with. Fluffy the 1 1/2 pound tea cup poodle can start to attack and digest other defenseless animals in the same manner as a 150 pound wolf would.

Others can take the dog, wolf, lion and so forth, from birth, program them to be a killer or the most lovable safe animal you could be around.

In this day and through out the time of mankind, humanity creates human monsters, a newborn child with downs syndrome does not know hate and anger, a new born child does not know those characteristics either. They are learned, both have the capacity to destroy and be evil. Mental capacity with rationalization skills is impeded in one, but both are apt students if the time is taken.

If you change the culture of the atmosphere, you will change the culture of the beast within. If there are any Marines here, there is a process of getting from social citizen nitwit to aggressive, trained social professional military trigger puller. The percentage of those trained that actually do take a life is pretty small compared to those who take the training and then never use it, yet it is still there within the confines of the memories it the mental capacity has not been diminished.

All of these so called specialist and doctors want to attribute violence to the availability of guns, hammers, sticks, stones, knives, cars, airplanes, poison, fire and every other known device or action to kill someone or something to the object. It is the culture of society that has enabled a person to take their actions to a callous and insensitive action against another. Mental illness? To what state and purpose and at whose hand? I have the capability and the capacity to carry out such an act, but I have insulated myself from those unrealistic societal details of committing such acts and I reason with the trained part of my mind to not partake.

So, in short a mental lapse of being, as well as combined with a lack moral directives can be the very breaking point that can plant the seed to take such actions.
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MSgt Robert "Rock" Aldi
MSgt Robert "Rock" Aldi
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Excellent points across the board, Wish I could give you a vote up for EACH one made.
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LCpl Shane Couch
LCpl Shane Couch
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Well put MSgt Kurt S.
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SN Ron Jett
SN Ron Jett
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Also a lot of blame can be put on the doorstep of those game companies that promote violence. They produce all these games where you score by killing people, the more you kill the more you score. It is not a great stretch to believe that there are some out there who would wonder what it would be like to do it for real.
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MSgt Kurt S.
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If you change the culture of the atmosphere, you will change the culture of the beast within.
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What would they rather we focus on guns instead of on people?
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SFC Sczymanski J.
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Sounds like they are pushing their own agenda for if it is mental health they must think they can be held accountable. If they push it off on something else then they are in the clear. Pure arrogance.
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This one it looks like it is on the FBI for not following up with this by opening and investigation or referring it to the local PD.
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SN Ron Jett
SN Ron Jett
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Mental health assessment should be used on Congress.
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