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Shrink Rap: Guilty, by Reason of Insanity

Often, it is wise to wait before responding to big questions–to spend time listening, thinking, meditating, sitting with such questions. And, so, I have.

It has been two weeks, more or less, since the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. (Even more recently, another shooting occurred at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.) We have heard analyses from many people, from many points of view. Yet the big question remains unanswered: What caused James Holmes to booby-trap his apartment and then open fire in a movie theater, killing 12 people and wounding 58?

Even before collecting forensic evidence began, advocates and opponents of gun control popped off, sniping at each other, shooting off at the mouth. Would more stringent laws controlling certain guns and the ammunition that feeds them have prevented this tragedy? Such a question is unanswerable. And it is a diversion from the bigger issue of the paranoia and fear, legitimate or otherwise, that has led so many people to have so many guns and to support blocking reasonable measures for keeping guns out of dangerous hands. Continue reading