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Are there any warning signs that a person maybe getting ready to commit an atrocity such as this?
There are always countless warning signs observed by nearly everyone who has had contact with the person and often for years. Unfortunately, those warning signs are not very specific and so they apply to many people who will never be violent toward anyone but themselves and they apply to many people for short term reasons that will go away. In order to be able to catch in your net, everyone who will do a mass murder, you need to err on the side of catching hundreds or thousands of people with similar behaviors who will never commit a mass murder no matter what you do. When prediction suffers form that problem, it is necessary to be very thoughtful about what you do to the false positives who you identify as having some of the warning signs. This is easy to prevent among employees or students on a campus or patients in hospital, and very difficult to prevent in society at large under our system of law.
you need to err on the side of catching hundreds or thousands of people with similar behaviors who will never commit a mass murder no matter what you do.
He explains the difference between the suspects whose goal is to kill from suspects who just have an affinity for guns. For example, Welner says in a very security-conscious country such as Israel, where heavy arms proliferate, mass shootings of this kind do not happen. Welner attributes this to the differences in a person's sense of identity, accomplishment and masculinity, one that does not derive from the capacity to destroy others for the sake of destroying.
Originally posted by OutKast Searcher
I had forgotten about the Battle of Athens...that is actually a good example.
However, I am a bit uncomfortable with guns and elections mixing, no matter what side it is on. And I also don't think we would ever see something like this in today's society...if people used guns to try to solve "voter fraud" today...they would be seen as the enemy.
As the brief explains, “the objective of this effort is to procure riot gear to prepare for the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and other future similar activities.”
Originally posted by RealSpoke
To pretend there hasn't been the opportunistic use of events on both sides is disingenuous
NRA Sought Donations in Days After Colorado
Three days after a gunman calling himself the Joker from the Batman series shot dead 12 people in a suburban Denver movie theater, the National Rifle Association sent out a letter asking for money.
www.bloomberg.com...edit on 13-8-2012 by RealSpoke because: (no reason given)
We began looking at ways to involve human resources and the law department and other managers/supervisors in responding to workplace misconduct so that not only would we catch all of the cases early before there was violence risk, but we would also simultaneously be improving supervision, improving management, improving the participation of security or loss prevention in managing the business and the day-to-day operations. The consequence of that, when properly applied, turns out to be not just violence prevention, but also reducing costs from workers comp claims, from various types of fraud, accidents on the job, excess sick time, absenteeism, and a host of other problems employers face.
Mental Health, Office of State Operations (S.6250-B) • The Senate denies the Executive’s recommendation to allow for outpatient capacity restoration of felony defendants or restoration at psychiatric units of local jails, or hospitals. Aid to Localities (S.6253-C) • The Senate modifies the Executive’s recommendation to specify funding for community mental health non-residential programs.