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originally posted by: Momof7
My theory. People who perpetrate this kind of crime are mentally ill. There was a time when mentally ill people were more commonly institutionalized (you know, before this type of thing happened on a regular basis). Today, however, due to many abuses that took place in said institutions they have all been closed except for those run by the criminal justice system. So basically there are no long term residential services for people with high risk for violent behavior until after they have committed a heinous crime. Medications may work for some if not most people, but basically when medication fails there is no plan b these days. So instead of being safely kept in some kind of secure long term residential facility, these people are roaming our neighborhoods where they have access to firearms, cutlery and innocent bystanders which is a recipe for disaster as we keep seeing repeatedly on the news.