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Paul Heroux
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Paul Heroux has worked in local and state government; for a state prison and a county jail; in Saudi Arabia; for a national security think tank; for a community non-profit for 7 years; and is a government administration and criminal justice consultant.

Degrees conferred on Paul have been a:
Master in Public Administration - Harvard University JFK School of Government
Master in International Relations - London School of Economics
Master in Criminology - University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor in Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience - University of Southern California

Entries by Paul Heroux

Mental Illness and Guns Aren't the Enemy: Ignorance Is

(16) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 5:46 PM

America is saddened by the tragic shooting a Fort Hood on April 2, 2014. The loss of life of anyone is difficult but there is an added level of tragedy when it hits our service members in what should be a safe zone. We can never know what the families...

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Inside North Korea: Lessons for Diplomacy

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 5:04 PM

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) is often in the news for stories of behavior that defies conventional norms of human rights or international relations. The point of this post is not to rehash all of the negative press that has been the subject of most of...

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The Correlation of Gun Laws and Gun Homicide

(36) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 3:20 PM

Previously, I wrote that when we look at all 50 states we find there is a correlation between states with strict gun laws and low rates of homicide. I noted:

For example, the states with the strictest gun laws are among the states that have the...

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Dating and Mental Illness

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:13 AM

A friend of mine recently went off of his medication for chronic dysthymia, and it was a disaster to his relationship with a woman he was dating. This has been part of a pattern of on-again/off-again with his medication for some time.

Last year a friend of...

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Fighting Against Gun Crimes and for Gun Rights

(15) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 12:08 PM

The Second Amendment is a divisive Constitutional right. But it should not be. There are a lot of crimes done with guns. There is a lot of legal recreation done with guns, too. The two are not the same.

There is a legal, responsible and proud gun culture in America...

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Being Completely Normal Living With a Mental Illness

(5) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Imagine going through childhood thinking that you are somehow, someway very different. The cutting and self-mutilation, a persistently-depressed mood or the thoughts of ways to hang yourself is your normal. But you don't have these thoughts because you want to hurt yourself; rather, you either want the pain to stop...

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America's Violence Problem (and It's Not Just With Guns)

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 6:55 PM

America has a violence problem.

We love violence. We pay to watch violence at the movies. Parents pay money for kids to play violent video games. Certain businesses make money off of violence. We cheer when there is a fight in hockey. Mixed Martial Arts is more violent than...

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Unfairly Treated: Gun Owners and People With Mental Health Concerns

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 11:57 PM

Ever since the awful shootings in Newtown, Conn., two groups have been treated unfairly. The first group is the law-abiding gun owners. The second group are people with mental health issues.

The issue of gun violence is near and dear to me. I spent a good portion of my...

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Mental Illness as a Civil Rights Issue

(21) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 9:32 AM

Just as people should not be discriminated against based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and a host of other issues, people should not be discriminated against based on mental health. Yet, they are, and too often.

Real People

We all know of people living with mental illness. My family,...

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Why Liberals (and Conservatives) Should Be Careful With Gun Laws

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 9:55 AM

Since the Newtown, Conn., shooting, liberals have put gun control at the front of their agenda. I am a Democrat but worry that the solutions that are pushed and ultimately pass into law may do more harm than good.

The Liberal Approach

Since Newtown, there has been a renewed...

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Gun Stories: How Cherry-Picking Hurts Both Sides of the Gun Debate

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 4:00 PM

In Georgia: "Gun rights groups say Georgia home invasion proves their point."

In Massachusetts: "Choirboy, 13, gunned down."

In Texas: A shooter walks into a cafe in Texas on Oct. 16, 1991, and executes innocent customers before turning the gun on himself. One survivor, Suzanna Hupp,...

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Do Gun Bans Work?

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 4:23 PM

The Definition of 'What Works'
'What works' is defined as a statistically significant reduction in the occurrence the crime. Statistically significant means that the intervention or program is responsible for the reduction in the occurrence, and the reduction is not due to chance or part of a trend.


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Understanding and Compassion: Essential Ingredients to Mental Health Reform

(17) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 5:35 PM

In the wake of the devastating Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, mental health reform is back in the national spotlight. There are risks associated with mental health reform when it comes to crime prevention. These risks include, but are not limited to, stigma associated with seeking...

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Pundits, Get Real! Not All Gun Crimes (and Solutions) Are the Same

(28) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 1:20 PM

In the wake of the most recent school shooting, and in the wake of any mass shooting, pundits and politicians fill the airwaves and cable TV stations with the need for greater gun control or the need for more guns. Both sides of the issue use statistics to make their...

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Preventing Mass Shootings: How Partisans Get "What Works" Wrong

(6) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 8:55 AM

NRA CEO and Executive Vice Prisdent Wayne LaPierre said that the assault weapons ban didn't work because the 4/20/1999 shooting at Columbine occurred. In the same interview he said that the only way to keep kids safe at school is to have trained armed guards protect the schools....

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The NRA on Mental Illness: A Complete Lack of Understanding

(11) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 9:17 AM

On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 the NBC program Meet the Press, NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre repeatedly called people afflicted or suffering from mental illness who may do harm 'lunatics.' This view is so completely out of touch with what it means to be a...

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Female Inmates: Unique Challenges and Needs

(2) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 3:10 PM

When we think of a female offender, Andrea Yates, Lindsay Lohan, or even the acquitted Casey Anthony come to mind. But these are high profile cases and not representative of the norm.

Most people never get to see the inside of a prison. When I was a graduate student, I...

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The Iranian Nuclear Program: A Consistent Lack of Evidence

(83) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 11:19 AM

Persistent Concerns

In the American media, there is a persistent concern that Iran has decided and is pursuing a nuclear weapons program. This narrative has made its way into the belief system where 84 percent of Americans believe that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.

Yet the...

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A Persuasive Republican Narrative Hinders Economic Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 6:02 PM

The best policy depends on the context, not the ideology, yet there is a fundamental disagreement over what is holding our economy back from a full recovery.

  • The 'Uncertainty' argument states that uncertainty is the reason that businesses are not investing. This is generally a Republican argument rooted in...

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The Republican War on an Economic Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 11:45 AM

Yesterday's disappointing news about the slight bump up in the unemployment rate has led to contradictory statements.

  • When the national unemployment rate was going down, Republicans said it was because people are dropping out of the job market.

  • When the unemployment rate went up, Republicans say it is because Obama's...

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