Navy Yard killings: Don't surrender outrage

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 18, 2013 - 12:31 AM

A healthy society does not get used to mass shootings.

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RossbergSep. 17, 13 9:03 PM

So what steps could have been taken to prevent this killing spree? A background check? He went through one and passed. An assault weapon ban? He purchased a shotgun, something which no one has proposed banning. Large capacity magazines? None were used. Close the "gun show loophole"? He bought the shotgun from a reputable dealer. A waiting period or a ban of handguns? He took them from the police officers. Actually, this situation could have been prevented simply by checking his car for weapons and explosives when he entered the grounds, something which might have made some sense in this age of terrorism. Yet no one proposed that probably because it would detract from the mission of having all events such as this be predicates for the need for more gun control whether or not that would have prevented or reduced the violence. But that's the problem with trying to gather unrelated events together and link them to a prepackaged simplistic solution - you end up not solving the problem because most of it is due to psychological illness which we are unable or unwilling to tackle.

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oelricSep. 18, 13 5:28 AM

This is a failure on many levels. First and foremost, it is a failure of front line mental health reporting. He had reported to police that people had been sent to follow him and voice or vibrations sent by those after him prevented him from sleeping. He had also been investigated for shooting the tires of a construction worker and firing a handgun through his ceiling into the apartment of a woman he had issues with. Police, educators, mental health workers and medical workers are all mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse, so why not do the same for suspected mental illness. This guy was able to legally buy a shotgun by passing a background check. THe provisions exist in the background check system to deny purchases to the mentally ill, but that flag isn't triggered if the information is never put into the system in the first place. At the very least his name should have been flagged for further review on a background check. That's the real shame in this tragedy. The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.

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Truckman182Sep. 18, 13 5:38 AM

40 people are gunned down in Chicago almost every weekend. Where is the outrage??? Mental Health is the issue that needs to be looked at. If pencils can misspell words then guns can kill people right? It's the crazy person pulling the trigger that is the problem....

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patasticSep. 18, 13 6:12 AM

It's not violence from guns that's the problem. It's violence from the mentally ill.

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albundy74Sep. 18, 13 7:04 AM

Whether or not additional legislation is needed, why pass it when firearms related charges are often dropped or receive minimum sentencing? ENFORCE what's on the books already; put some teeth behind existing legislation and see what happens.

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unclemushySep. 18, 13 7:27 AM

An epidemic of gun violence? Homicides have been trending down significantly since 1992.

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jayman1816Sep. 18, 13 7:44 AM

Will the StarTribune please tell us what tighter gun laws would have prevented this? The left only wants to take guns away from law abiding citizens. They could care less if the local thugs have them.

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fooledmeonceSep. 18, 13 8:23 AM

once again a mentally ill person kills, gotta get a hold of these people, I'd bet everyone has come in contact with someone with issues like this in their lives, say something

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kleindropperSep. 18, 13 8:30 AM

Apparently this gentleman was in the Jamie Foxx camp (ala his SNL monologue during Django.) If you don't know what I'm talking about, look it up.

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elle2008Sep. 18, 13 8:39 AM

Silly people. Let's not blame guns and if some mentally ill person gets the free pass on a background check, blame the checker. While you are at it, enjoy going to the mall, walking down the street, etc. This could play out anywhere in this Country.

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