Charles Krauthammer: "A Moment of Silence"
If we are going to look for a political issue here, the more relevant is not gun control but psychosis control. We decided a half a century ago that our more eccentric and, indeed, crazy fellow citizens would not be easily locked in asylums. It was a humane decision, but with the inevitable consequence that some who really need quarantine are allowed to roam the streets....
In a previous age, such a troubled soul might have found himself at the state mental hospital rather than a state university. But in a trade-off that a decent and tolerant society makes with open eyes, we allow freedom from straitjackets to those on the psychic edge, knowing that such tolerance runs a very rare but very terrible risk.
I differ with Krauthammer on the need for more gun control, but his commentary on the risk of the psychotic in a free society is interesting. And Krauthammer brings more light to a baffling and shameful speech of Barack Obama's, wherein he compared the violence of mass murder to the violence of Don Imus and outsourcing. Yes, outsourcing.