Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mental Illness and Guns

Navy Yard Shooter Treated for "Hearing Voices," Other Mental Illnesses
Mental illness is nothing new.  But the ready, easy availability of automatic and semi-automatic weapons to mentally I'll people is a fairly recent development. It's a problem.
"More details have emerged about the troubled life of Aaron Alexis, the man who allegedly shot 12 people to death Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard. In addition to his discharge from the Navy and multiple arrests, Alexis reportedly had a long history of mental illness. Sources told NBC News that Alexis had been treated multiple times for psychological issues like anger, sleep deprivation, and paranoia, and the Associated Press is reporting that Alexis was treated by the Veterans Administration for "hearing voices," among other problems."
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