What the press find most interesting about Illinois gunman Kazmierczak


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schizophrenia and kazmierczak

I'm very surprised that even after Cho, people still don't understand that this is schizophrenia, a difficult, dangerous, insidious disorder that sneaks up on people. The voices in the head are quiet at first, then they become louder, more demanding. Kill Them is a typical order, Kill Yourself, more typical. This poor man followed orders. At some point you just can't keep them down, those voices. They win.

therapydoc's picture
Posted by therapydoc (not verified) on 17 February 2008 - 8:05pm
let's keep in mind

Let's keep in mind that only a fraction of gun crimes (or violent crimes, for that matter) are committed by people with mental health issues. We don't want to put all the mentally ill in one basket and label them dangerous because that's just not accurate--and the mentally ill face a lot of discrimination already.

angryyoungwoman's picture
Posted by angryyoungwoman (not verified) on 17 February 2008 - 8:12pm
In the Army six months? No

In the Army six months? No one is in the Army for six months. He was kicked out that is the only explanation. Makes me wonder what type of discharge he received.

I know many people with sick tattoos who are actually normal.

He was an emotional wreak, no amount of gun control could have stopped him.

Ole Blue's picture
Posted by Ole Blue (not verified) on 21 February 2008 - 7:09pm
I hate to think of how

I hate to think of how having everyone on campus armed would have stopped him. I think the body count would have been higher, with people frightened and armed shooting at anything that moves.

The guy should not have been able to get a gun, period. It's one thing if he had bought one on the black market, but he bought four guns, and bought them legally, despite his background of mental illness.

So sad.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 23 February 2008 - 1:58pm
Let's keep in mind that

Let's keep in mind that getting those tattoos were a part of a pattern of behavior that was seemingly out of character for him. They are an important piece of information in the investigation which is trying to provide answers for a grieving campus.

dr. gonzo's picture
Posted by dr. gonzo (not verified) on 24 February 2008 - 7:00pm