A good point
From a psychiatrist--"Colorado shooting a reminder that psychiatry, not gun laws, needs fixing"
Clayton Cramer has long been making this point. Historically, there wasn't really much that could be done for serious mental illness, so a person who was in that state was committed and simply "warehoused," often for a lifetime. Then in the late 1960s and into the 1970s, there was a movement to de-institutionalize the mentally ill. The downside was that a large part of the people thus freed wound up either on the streets or in jail. The requirements for commitment became so strict that people rarely heard of it happening, and most people forgot that it existed. With the Tucson shooter, his behavior was so strange and dangerous that his college banned him from campus -- but no one thought to ask the police to take him in for a mental evaluation and commitment. The biggest anomaly is that today many forms of mental illness can be medicated and fixed