April 25, 2007
Opinion: An Ideology of 'Gunism'
The combination of mental disease and access to guns leaps out at almost everyone in connection with the Virginia Tech shootings. But from there, ideas and advocacies tend to become amorphous and tinged with hopelessness.
There is consensus that something should be done to intervene earlier in threatening forms of psychological disturbance, and, as a psychiatrist, I agree and also recognize some of the social obstacles to doing so. But while there will always be mentally ill people, a