We should be asking: Is the person is a danger to him or herself or to others if he or she had a gun? That is the question. The notion that we can use mental illness as a way to determine that someone is somehow more dangerous is just ill-informed.
Every time a campus shooting has happened in the 13 years since I became a college counselor and professor in Washington D.C., I tell myself that it's not something that only happens at colleges, and that these things can happen anywhere.
We are going about this all wrong. The folks on the left say with fewer or no guns we will have fewer or no more gun crimes. The folks on the right say with more guns we will have more safety from people who would abuse guns.
the department still grapples with the reality that at least half of seriously mentally ill people receive no treatment at all, a situation of possible danger to the entire community and, far more often, to themselves.
The bar for having someone placed on a mental-health hold for more than a few days is very high. As a society we are predisposed to making it extremely difficult to remove a person's rights. I certainly don't want my rights removed, but where should that standard be? Lately I'm not sure that we've set the bar correctly.
"The country has to do some soul searching about this. This is becoming the norm and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying ...
The view propagated by the NRA that gun ownership keeps the federal government "in check" is not only historically inaccurate, but also contrary to the actions of our Founding Fathers.
I should not be forced to live in fear. I should not be forced to look for hiding spots every time I enter a new room. I should not have to worry about my friends in all corners of the country. None of this should be my job.
In Pakistan, unless you are very well-connected, possession of guns is not an easy task. In contrast, the USA, one of the most advanced nations in the world, has such an easy access to guns that I am literally dumbfounded. And this access is coming at a terrible cost.
What has been somewhat restrained as this debate rages on is that, as is the case with so many other mass killers, Rodger may have been a victim of bullying during his adolescence.
Those with serious mental illness are more often the victims of violence rather than the perpetrators. The stigma abounds and of course this too is a diversion away from the real issues - funding and priority.
Felted art project created by the first grade class community at the Portland Waldorf School -- 2014 An open letter to my son on his last day of sc...
I think it's possible to stop school shootings, or at least dramatically reduce them. Simply put, we need more gun control. But the sad reality is that we're not going to get more gun control until we've fixed a deeper, more pervasive problem: political corruption.
Anyone who tells you the words of the constitution are immutable... is a liar. Anyone who tells you that if the constitution gives an American a "right," there is absolutely nothing that the government can do to take it away, is also a liar.
Both individuals and institutions have become sophisticated in using the U.S. Constitution to support policies they favor - and fight against those th...
My son Blair was an honors student. He was the most important thing in my life. And in 2007 a gang member killed him on his way home from school on a public bus with many of his classmates. But to CNN and other media outlets, murders like my son's don't count.