Mental health professionals sit at a unique vantage point in this debate. Many of us struggle to protect our clients from stigma, to safeguard confidentiality, and we've grappled with when it should be breached.
His son Andy is a rampage killer. Imagine for a moment what it must be like for him to read that last sentence. For Jeff, it is a life sentence in more ways than one. The sins of the son have affected Jeff profoundly and changed every aspect of his life.
My top priority -- of course -- is to protect the young people who study here, our faculty and staff, and all the many thousands of concert visitors we have every year. But this mandate necessitates negotiating a way through a challenging Scylla and Charybdis of choices.
A sane gun control policy is necessary both to avoid frequent massacres and to reduce our high ambient rates of homicide and suicide. Here are the most frequent arguments offered to support free access to assault weapons, and my responses to them.
This is why it is so difficult to have a national conversation on guns in this country. One side is interested in reasonable solutions. The other side is interested in living in a delusional fantasyland where President Obama is a Marxist, a Nazi, a Kenyan and now, apparently, King George.
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.
Our politicians serve up endless entrees of panique du jour. Of course, what we are supposed to be terrorized about differs, depending on whether you're looking at the left-hand page of the menu, or the right.