There are no simple solutions to offer when looking at a 20-year old man who shoots his mother in the face and then murders adults and young children.
But experts across the country are saying depression can be a deadly trigger especially in young men.
At the same time, there are brain disorders where people do not have the ability to feel empathy.
As of now, there is no solid information on this murderer's state of mind.
His brother, yesterday, told the F.B.I. his brother has mental problems his entire life.
The question now will focus on his motives. But as any logical human being can attest: there is no imaginable motives for killing so many people in such a murderous rage.
Guns and mental illness can all add up to mass murder.
Without a basis in a killer's mind for empathy - the only way to prevent these mass murders, in my opinion, is with medication.
Our society is failing the entire country in protecting the lives of the mentally ill - who are not being treated properly in many many cases - and the entire American public, as we are victims once again of a senseless tragedy of such horrific proportions.
There needs to be a high-level intelligent plan put into place here.
It is not just the weapons to blame: it is our epidemic of ignoring mental illness, and turning our heads instead of reaching out to offer help, and get professionals involved.
Of course guns should not be handed out so easily. That's a given.
But let's be honest: something is terribly broken in our mental health system. We know how to identify very ill people with mental illness. But we must do a much much better job of caring for these people.
I believe not one of our mass murders would have happened if our mental health system were robust.
We are not stepping up to match our advanced abilities to assess and treat mental illness and brain disorders - like depression or sociopathic traits - and we are seeing an explosion of mass murders occurring more and more.
Take a moment and think about your every day life. Don't you see that there are many people right around us who have fallen through the cracks, and are just wandering around and quite frankly, really crazy?
Just spend an hour with me at my local coffee shop - I see between 4 - 5 very ill local residents stumble in every day and make sometimes violent comments. It's obvious to me. We need to help them. And, if they are young men - who commit these mass murders - we need to step in quickly and get them professional help.
My question to all of us : Do we want to allow very mentally ill people to wander around, angry and depressed? Will they also snap?
It happened in Connecticut. It happened to the Amish children. It happened at Columbine. It happened in Aurora. It happened so many times.
We have the power to make this stop. But we must agree - and step up to immediately start identifying and treating everyone with mental illness or brain disorders.
Freedom means taking care of our wounded - and we have dropped the ball. Everyone will now focus on the weapons - but I think we must be a bit more intelligent and add in that crucial component: angry depressed people snap and kill. We need to treat them before it happens.
Centre for Economic Performance’s Mental Health Policy Group, and many other professionals report more than HALF of all mentally people go untreated.
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Diane Lilli is the publisher of The Jersey Tomato Press