Originally Posted by chiefst2000
I think if people tried to use 9/11 as an excuse to ban all air travel you would see plenty of pictures of 747'. Personally I did not bother going on FB and responding to the folks posting the usual gun control blather after the tragedy. I find the politicization of these types of events to be inappropriate particularly in the first days after such an event. Notice that I included those citing "lack of spirituality or religion in schools" as a reason for the tragedy my grouping of irrelevant issues. We know that this person was mentally disturbed. We know that the shooters in Colorado and Arizona were mentally disturbed. All had aroused suspicion from their acquaintances. Most or all had been exposed to mental health professionals. Prior to the 1980's these people likely would have all been forcibly committed. My point before is that at the heart of the problem is our inability as a society to deal with mentally disturbed individuals that may be inclined towards violence. That is the problem we need to solve. It isn't guns or spirituality or school budgets.
And you are guilty of buying into what the media is putting forth without doing your research. If you did you'd know that putting forth that the perpetrator was (possibly) diagnosed with Asperger's means little in the way of explaining the WHY of what happened.
Like PK said, there's an epidemic of autism in this country that the government will not admit is an epidemic. But childhood obesity and trampoline accidents are.
So if you want to see mental health issues addressed in a serious and meaningful way, there's about a million+ kids that shared a diagnosis like Adam Lanza who'd love for you do petition your lawmaker to help them. Start there...