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For those of us who came of age in the 1970s, one of the most shocking aspects of the last three decades was the rise of mass public shootings: people who went into public places and murdered complete strangers. Such crimes had taken place before, such as the Texas Tower murders by Charles Whitman in 1966,1 but their rarity meant that they were shocking.
Something changed in the 1980s: these senseless mass murders started to happen with increasing frequency. People were shocked when James Huberty killed twenty-one strangers in a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California in 1984, and Patrick Purdy murdered five children in a Stockton, California schoolyard in 1989. Now, these crimes have become background noise, unless they involve an extraordinarily high body count (such as at Virginia Tech) or a prominent victim (such as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords). Why did these crimes go from extraordinarily rare to commonplace?
For a while, it was fashionable to blame gun availability for this dramatic increase. But guns did not become more available before or during this change. Instead, federal law and many state laws became more restrictive on purchase and possession of firearms, sometimes in response to such crimes.2 Nor has the nature of the weapons available to Americans changed all that much. In 1965, Popular Science announced that Colt was selling the AR-15, a semiautomatic version of the M-16 for the civilian market.3 The Browning Hi-Power, a 9mm semiautomatic pistol with a thirteen-round magazine, was offered for sale in the United States starting in 1954,4 and advertised for civilians in both the U.S. and Canada at least as early as 1960.5 If gun availability does not explain the increase of mass public murders, what else might?
At least half of these mass murderers (as well as many other murderers) have histories of mental illness. Many have already come to the attention of the criminal justice or mental health systems before they become headlines. In the early 1980s, there were about two million chronically mentally ill people in the United States, with 93 percent living outside mental hospitals. The largest diagnosis for the chronically mentally ill is schizophrenia, which afflicts about 1 percent of the population, or about 1.5 percent of adult Americans.6 A 1991 estimate was that schizophrenia costs the United States about $65 billion annually in direct and indirect costs.7
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Pray that nothing goes awry, with the Endeavour mission, I believe Gabrielle Giffords has suffered enough, don’t you?
What will Obama do, if Gabrielle crowds out his “Kodak” moment at this launch? Seems to be a proven fact, that if Obama is not the center of attention, he gets a bit miffed.
“Today, I have grave misgivings about being in Iraq for another week,” Rockefeller told the Charleston Daily Mail‘s editorial board. “We should be out of Iraq this year altogether. We are not going to win. It is not in the cards. Many Asian countries have a totally tribal culture.
Did Rockefeller really use the term “Asian countries” to describe something occurring in the “ARAB WORLD”?
Gabrielle Giffords‘ simple request for a piece of toast for breakfast this week signaled a milestone in her recovery — because she asked for it with spoken words.
The Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, severely wounded when she was shot in the head at a public event a month ago, has been speaking “more and more each day,” C.J. Karamargin, one of her congressional aides, said Wednesday.
Karamargin could not give specifics about the extent of her speech abilities or when she said her first words, but he said the development pointed to Giffords’ fighting spirit.
“It’s another one of these small miracles that we’re seeing that have been happening throughout this ordeal,” he said.
Keep on keeping on, Representative Giffords..
HOUSTON — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be moved to a rehabilitation facility Wednesday morning after doctors upgraded her condition from serious to good, according to the hospital overseeing the Arizona congresswoman’s recovery.
“I’m extremely hopeful that Gabrielle is going to make a full recovery,” her husband, Mark Kelly, said at a news conference at University Medical Center in Tucson. “She is a fighter like nobody else that I know.”
“In two months, you’ll see her walking through the front door of this building,” he said.
On Thursday, doctors said she has also scrolled through an iPad, has been able to pick out different colored objects and has moved her lips. They are unsure about whether she is mouthing words, nor do they know how much she is able to see.
Her husband, however, believes she has made attempts to speak and can recognize those around her.
“I can just look in her eyes and tell,” Kelly said. “She is very aware of the situation.”
New hope for her recovery comes every day, Kelly said.
“Every time we interact with her, there’s something quite inspiring,” he said.
We hope for the same thing, Mark Kelly.
AP/Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
Astronaut Mark Kelly, Giffords’ husband, holds the congresswoman’s hand in her room at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz.
Calling Gabrielle Giffords‘ progress a “miracle,” doctors are hoping to see another leap forward by the Arizona congresswoman, expecting to see her sit up in a chair sometime Friday.
Giffords has pleased doctors with her speedy recovery since getting shot in the head last Saturday by crazed gunman Jared Loughner in a shooting that left six dead and 13 injured.
Doctors say she took a major step forward yesterday when she opened her eyes on her own. The 40-year-old Arizona politician also moved both legs and arms and is responding to friends and family, according to her trauma surgeon, Dr. Peter Rhee.
In addition, doctors say they are considering the removal of Giffords’ breathing tube, which is there to prevent infection — a procedure that could happen as early as Friday.
Giffords remains in critical condition following the shooting.