At a moment when mental health is so much at the forefront of the minds of Americans and our media, it seems time, again, to try to understand the damaging views so commonly held about people with mental illness.
Let's not allow mental illness to be further stigmatized by events like the Newtown tragedy, nor to distract us from the solutions that are closer at hand. It's a lot faster, easier, and cheaper to reduce the number of assault weapons in circulation.
Psychotic people may act impulsively, but that is very different from the meticulously planned acts of violence of Jared Loughner, Anders Breivik, and most recently Dekraai, the accused gunmen in last week's shooting in Seal Beach.
Many advocates for improved mental health believe that it is wrong to discuss violence and even try to deny that violence exists. They may have worked in a counseling center but probably never a prison, jail or police department.