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December 05, 2007

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gene berman

Sylvia Seegrist. Springfield Mall, Springfield, PA--circa 1985.

Ross

Brenda Ann Spencer is another one, I'd have thought that she was the most notorious female spree killer on account of her "I don't like Mondays" explanation for the massacre.

The correlation between gun legality and murder rate has never seemed particularly strong to me, but spree murders are a very obvious exception to that.

Of course high capacity firearms were the implement of choice, but methinkst you've overlooked the underlying common denominator tying together many if not all of these recent mass shootings.

While a state ward, he was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, mood disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and parent-child relations problems.

Robert Hawkins, the 19 year old who killed himself and eight other people with an assault rifle last night in Omaha, Nebraska had a history of treatment with psychiatric drugs for depression and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and was on prozac according to press reports.

Of course the headlines will once again focus on how evil and dangerous guns are, how the second amendment should be reevaluated and will once again ignore the fact that this young man was subject to dangerous brain altering chemicals for a number of years prior to this tragic incident.

Abiola Lapite

What a lot of rubbish! Ignoring the reality that the "dangerous brain altering chemicals" you rant against are actually making a difference for the better in the lives of millions of people, it's absurd to pretend that medication is a more universal bond tying together spree shooters than the obvious one of their *having easy access to guns*: without access to firearms, no amount of Prozac or ADHD medication ingestion will enable one to shoot dead dozens of strangers.

It would be one thing if you were making the argument that one should need a clean record of mental health to buy a gun - and even that argument would be of dubious merit, as not everyone full of murderous rage goes looking for medical help - but the proposition that there'd be no spree killings if everyone just stopped taking psychiatric drugs is breathtaking in its speciousness.

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