It's been a bad week for Mental Illness.
The inchoate and intangible state of non-wellness has somehow managed to murder nine people at a college in Oregon on October 1 and SINCE THEN is responsible for another school shooting in Arizona and yet another shooting in Texas.
This is in addition to the nearly 300 mass shooting events that Mental Illness committed this year alone. Mental Illness remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.
The wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior have somehow learned to arm themselves with semi-automatic assault rifles and handguns and fire at will upon sane bystanders in public locations ranging from schools to workplaces to movie theaters to shopping malls and beyond. There's basically no place in public you can go and NOT expect Mental Illness to track you down and shoot you in the face.
No one is quite sure how, but somehow these behavioral health diagnoses were able to research, purchase, and amass enormous arsenals of weapons and then either plot and plan massacres in a calculating way over time and/or impulsively fire upon someone who made the disorders mad or upset.
Experts are flummoxed because no one seems to be able to figure out how a diverse range of behavioral issues has turned itself into a militia-level-armed killing machine. But worst of all, no one knows what to do about it. No one knows how to stop an abstract set of complicated symptoms from easily buying, loading, and bringing an AK-47 bought over the counter at Wal-Mart with no questions asked into a public location and shooting up the entire place like they were John Dillinger.
There's a common denominator behind all of these mass shooting events, and it is obviously not guns, bullets, or the highly influential and heavily-financed gun lobby. It is Mental Illness, which has learned to defy the laws of physics by becoming an instrument of death.
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