1. Friends and neighbors say, “he seemed perfectly normal; nice guy, just kept to himself.”
2. One or more acquaintances or relations says, “there was just something a little off about him. He made me nervous and I can’t say why.”
3. It turns out he was a loon who popped Prozac like Pez and had left detailed plans for his killing spree.
We have now reached Stage 3 with Aurora, Colo., mass murderer James Holmes. It turns out that he was under the care of a university psychiatrist whose specialty is schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. As of this writing, nothing has emerged about psychotropic drugs he might have been prescribed, but no one who’s been around the gun community for long will be surprised to hear that he may have been medicated for mental problems.
SGN columnist Clayton E. Cramer is intimately familiar with severe psychological problems, as you can surmise from the title of his latest book:
My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill. When not doing yeoman work in support of Second Amendment rights, he’s been involved for many years in the debate over deinstitutionalization, which is pretty much a 10-cent word for dumping crazy people on the streets, where they freeze to death, poop in the San Francisco subway until the escalators won’t work and occasionally murder people by the job lot.
As you can imagine, he has some very useful insights about the Aurora crime, noting, for example:
“There is usually advance warning, as there was with the rampage at Virginia Tech, at Cafe Racer, and most of the other mass murders done by mentally ill people. But our society chooses to make it impossible to take any preventative action about an individual with serious mental illness problems until blood is dripping out of bodies. Unless, of course, that preventative action is something very broad, like gun control laws, which apply to everyone. This unwillingness to look at individuals and their problems is absurd.”
If you like his columns in SGN, you owe it to yourself to check out his blog: http://claytonecramer.blogspot.com/ where you can enjoy his insights on guns and a variety of other subjects, from astronomy to writing software code.