School Shootings Part Two – A Warning About Mishandling The Mental Health Component

photo of an informational display from the post war era, created by the Minnesota Mental Hygiene Society, touting the benefits to individuals and society of mental health treatment and counseling.

by Richard Cameron   In the first of this series on the mental health factors of school shooters, we examined the general outlines of the three main categories or psychological profiles of the (mostly) young men who commit these attacks.  In this follow up report, we’ll set forth the hazards of getting the public into a mindset of amateur diagnoses that could conceivably derail any successful program devised to assist those vulnerable individuals in need of professional counseling and treatment.  Before we do, however, I would just like to forward…

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School Shootings And The Factors Of Mental Illness – Part One

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by Richard Cameron   With the most recent school shooting by Nikolas Cruz at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a number of solutions are being considered – with added measures of gun control in the forefront. Whether, and to what extent additional gun control legislation will in any way address the problem, is debatable – and of course, as you have noticed, is being debated.  But in this first of a series of  reports we will focus on one of the other common denominators in the shootings. …

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Marco Rubio’s Performance At The CNN Stoneman Douglas Shooting Town Hall

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by Richard Cameron   Marco Rubio made an appearance at the CNN town hall last night, which was touted as a forum to discuss solutions to school shootings in the wake of 17 deaths at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That is to his credit, as it was noted by the moderator, Jake Tapper, that President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Rick Scott were invited to participate but either declined or chose not to respond. CNN's Florida shooting town hall draws nearly 3 million viewers https://t.co/uoTKnLSvKz…

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Notes, Observations And Analysis Of The Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting And Mass Shootings Generally

Nikolas Cruz taken into custody by Broward County Sheriff's officials

by Richard Cameron   As was the case with the mass shooting in Las Vegas, where scores of people were shot at a music festival, I always hesitate and hold back doing a write up on these news events immediately after they happen, because in the following days, facts and details emerge from the smoke of all the rumors and false assumptions. With the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, in Parkland, Florida – as is true with so many other tragic events of this sort, it becomes apparent that there…

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