Sci­ence could help stop shoot­ings

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - H. LEE LAPOLE Love­land, Ohio

Brain anal­y­sis, rather than more gun laws or more guns, may be a bet­ter path to­ward re­duc­ing the in­ci­dence of mind­less mass killings oc­cur­ring across the na­tion.

Congress should pass leg­is­la­tion to make manda­tory the pro­tec­tion, sub­se­quent ex­ci­sion and anal­y­sis of the brains of these men­tally ill killers. Cease search­ing for a rea­son, as if there were one, for the in­dis­crim­i­nate tak­ing of life. There is none, ex­cept for a dis­eased mind. Cu­mu­la­tive anal­y­sis of these dis­eased brains, over time, could very well point to the ba­sic anom­alies that pro­voke such ir­ra­tional be­hav­ior. Once dis­cov­ered, dis­cus­sion could then be­gin on iden­ti­fy­ing, through be­hav­ioral pat­terns, the can­di­dates who must be scanned in or­der for ap­pro­pri­ate, pro­tec­tive mea­sures to be taken be­fore more killings oc­cur.

The fact that most of these mur­der­ers kill them­selves im­me­di­ately af­ter tak­ing the lives of oth­ers is in­di­ca­tion that even they can­not abide what they have done. We must ap­proach this is­sue ra­tion­ally, rather than emo­tion­ally, for do­ing the lat­ter is get­ting us nowhere.

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