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UPDATED: Why we shouldn’t depend on mental health professionals to detect mass killers: Elliot Rodger’s slipping “under the radar” is hardly rare

11 Feb , 2019  

Frequently, the proposed solution to these mass shootings is to simply spend more money on mental health.

MAJOR GARRETT: . . . Do you believe the legislation the Senate did not pass would have made any difference in this case [the Elliot Rodger’s shooting]?

SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: The legislation that failed to pass–it got support from fifty-five senators–would have provided a mental health initiative with more resources, greater ability for the Santa Barbara police to intervene–to use the sheriff’s word–to have professionals trained in diagnosing and detecting this kind of derangement.

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Should people who have been involuntarily committed for mental health reasons face a lifetime gun ban?

30 Dec , 2018   Video

Dr. John Lott talked to John Cardillo on NewsMax TV about whether people who have been involuntarily committed for even a period of observation should be banned for life from owning guns.
(Friday, December 28, 2018, 1:53 to 1:55 PM)

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CPRC at National Review: “Psychiatrists Can’t Predict Mass Shootings — Meanwhile, Let the Public Defend Itself”

11 Jan , 2017  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at National Review on the current debate that the shooting at the Ft Lauderdale Airport was due to a lack of resources for psychiatric services.  The piece starts this way:’

Pouring money into mental-health care won’t stop mass public shootings. Unfortunately, psychiatry is far from a perfect science.

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Fort Lauderdale Airport Killer: Once again extensive interaction with mental health professionals failed to identify someone as a danger to others or himself

9 Jan , 2017  

In a recent book, The War on Guns (Chapter 10), we showed that during the first seven years of the Obama administration 60 percent of the mass public shooters had been seeing mental health care professionals before their attacks (an earlier less complete report is available here).  Yet, in not one of those cases did the psychiatrists or psychologists who were seeing these killers identify them as a danger to themselves or others.…

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American Psychiatric Association’s president, Dr. Renee Binder, says preventing the mentally ill from owning guns won’t reduce murders

11 Oct , 2015  

APA President Renée Binder, M.D., isn’t an expert on the storage of guns in the home or the risk of children getting access to guns, but she is an expert on mental illness.  From Psychiatric News Alert (The Voice of the American Psychiatric Association and the Psychiatric Community):

To those who want to connect gun violence with mental illness, Binder emphasized that people with mental illness are far more likely to be victims of violence and that the majority of individuals with mental illness will never be violent toward others; the risk of self-harm is far greater.

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CPRC in Investor’s Business Daily: Some gun laws dealing with mental illness do more harm than good

26 Sep , 2015  

John Lott’s latest piece at Investor’s Business Daily:

Everyone wants to keep guns away from the mentally ill, but the vast majority of them do not pose a danger to others or themselves.

The warning signs seem obvious in hindsight, but it’s very difficult to know who the truly dangerous ones are.

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CPRC on Neil Cavuto on Fox News to discuss the limits of psychiatrists in stopping mass killers

1 Apr , 2015  


With the mass murder of 149 people in the French Alps, John Lott talked to Neil Cavuto on Fox News about proposed changes that would allow psychiatrists to tell employers about their private patients. They talked about a piece that Lott had a Fox News.

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CPRC at Fox News: “French Alps crash shows psychiatrists cannot be last line of defense”

31 Mar , 2015  

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

There has been a lot of second-guessing about Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately crashed his plane into the French Alps, killing himself and 149 others. If only Lufthansa had regular mental evaluations of pilots, if only people at the airline knew what obvious signs to look for, this tragedy could have been avoided.

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CPRC on CNN: Notes on California’s new gun violence restraining orders (UPDATE: The San Diego Union-Tribune picks up on CPRC’s discussion)

11 Oct , 2014  


The CNN debate shown in the above youtube video was broadcast on the Michael Smerconish Show at 9:30 to 9:35 AM and 6:30 to 6:35 PM EDT, Saturday, October 11, 2014.

California has long allowed police who believe that someone represents a danger to themselves or others to take the person in for a psychiatric evaluation with a police psychiatrist.…

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CPRC in the New York Post: Why psychiatrists fail in stopping mass killers

2 Jun , 2014  

CPRC board academic board member Arthur Berg and CPRC president John Lott had a new piece in the New York Post on the limits of psychiatrists in stopping mass killers. Their new piece starts this way:

More money for mental health won’t stop these mass murderers.

With the Santa Barbara killings, mental health is again the central focus.

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