Originally Posted by Soberphobia
yeah man, it comes down to philosophy and not access to guns.
There are idiots/madmen/women in every society, but in the USA, those stupidos have access to firearms because its their "constitutional right".
Compare the rates of death by firearm by country to country, and the USA is WAY out in front for first world nations.
USA! USA! USA!
It really is a red herring. Yes, the gun issue needs to be addressed, but mental health care in this country is deplorable. It's easy for you to sit on an ivory tower, 20,000 miles away and deride the basic freedoms of this country with a very snarky "USA USA USA." To you I say, grow up. There are a lot of issues at work here, and the gun issue is 1 of a 100.
To the OP, the biggest issue IMO is being able to get ahead of these problems in schools before they surface. My fiancée teaches 3rd grade and had a similar student -- classified ADHD and Intermittent Explosive Behavior, and getting him help means wading through miles of red tape. This is the biggest problem.