@johngordon I'm not about to talk about guns today when everyone's emotions are so high. I wonder though how much we can do with mental illness given restrictions the supreme court put out back in the early 80's which is where many of the problem started.
@johngordon Admittedly I'm a bit biased since I had a roommate in college with mental illness who wanted to kill me. I'll be the first to admit I don't think rationally about the mentally ill because of that. Not a lot of sympathy to people not taking meds
@johngordon Interestingly @daveweigel on Twitter noted that the VA Tech tragedy was followed by bipartisan mental health reform. http://1.usa.gov/12dAusd Maybe not enough but there is a chance something could be done.
@johngordon sadly I think mine was. Started sleeping at a friend house on his couch. Roommate went nuts one night, vandalized house, raped two girls, was captured by police and locked up in asylum. Convinced had I been there I’d be dead.
@johngordon@spacekatgal probably should tax some of the other freedoms we enjoy that contribute to the problem such as certain types of media as well. Probably most of the recent increase in these sorts of events is tied to copycatting due to media.
@duerig Yeah. The media doesn't understand how they are killing themselves. There's a *reason* reporters are viewed even worse than congresspeople. Of course it'd also be funny to see the coverage of 1st vs 2cd amendment battles in the press.
@johngordon@duerig Oh no doubt, although the incentives aren't good for the bullet tax to be frank. GC proponents want real restrictions not changes in incentives. And no one really wants the expense of mental health reform.
@johngordon I agree. I was just venting a bit of frustration at a news industry which manages to make us feel frightened when we live in one of the safest societies in history. I agree with your idea to improve our mental health services. cc/ @clarkgoble