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← 'Psycho killer'? The Jared Lee Loughner case brings out the usual abuse

bridgeburner's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by bridgeburner

Regardless of this man's actual mental state, people should stop assuming all horrifically violent crimes are committed by the mentally unstable. Religious people in other countries frequently do just as terrible of things in the name of their religion, and no one tries to diagnose them.

If he turns out to be mentally ill, then fine, but the assumption should not swing in that direction, given the frequency of such crimes committed by people who, while not mentally ill, are obviously mentally overpowered by an idea or ideal.

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 05:43:38 UTC | #576988