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Cho Seung Hui

Diagnosing and Preventing the Unfathomable

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.

Following a public act of unspeakable horror, like the shootings in Connecticut or Aurora, mental health professionals are asked to explain why or how a person could hurt others so profoundly. And then we are asked how to identify such people and prevent these violent acts.

The Real Slippery Slope of Gun Laws

Josh Horwitz | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Denied a concealed handgun permit in your home state because of your criminal and mental health background? No problem. Thanks to the NRA, you'll now simply be able to mail-order a permit from Utah or Florida and you're ready to carry.

A Million Lines of Defense Against Tragedy

Colin and Andrew Goddard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colin and Andrew Goddard

On January 7, we wrote a blog celebrating the third anniversary of a law passed to prevent people with disqualifying mental health records from buying guns. The next day, the mass shooting in Tucson happened.

Virginia Tech: Three Years Later

washingtonpost.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

When Virginia Tech student Molly Pearl was a freshman, she slept through her morning French class on April 16, 2007. And perhaps for that reason, she ...

Why Two White Kids Are a Senseless Tragedy but an Arab American Is Terrorism

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brian Ross

When a couple of white kids shoot up a school, it is a tragedy. Bring on a shooting at a military base that involves an Arab-American though, and the media does everything it can to shout "terrorism."

Psychopaths, Not Psychotics

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

When TV pundits misuse the word 'psychotic' they unintentionally malign a group of people who share six letters with but couldn't be more different from psychopaths.

Virginia Tech Newspaper Publishes Unauthorized Cho Seung-Hui Documents

Washington Post | Theresa Vargas and Amy Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The unauthorized release of thousands of documents related to the April 2007 Virginia Tech massacre has given new voice to killer Seung Hui Cho, who e...

The Same Old Story

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

If the cases of Seung-Hui Cho and Steven Kazmierczak have taught us anything, it's that red flags do appear consistently among shooters. What is needed is a screening process.