… you think that the Aurora massacre — done by a grad student with a clean record, a high IQ, a history of working with underprivileged kids, no history of mental illness, no apparent red flags at all, who had meticulously planned the shooting for months and also booby-trapped his apartment with a network of explosives — would have been prevented by gun control.
“It says a lot about the type of prejudice we have when we automatically go to the presumption that a clinical mental illness was the cause,” says Praveen Kambam, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles. “Even the surgeon general of the United States has said there’s very little risk of violence or harm from a stranger who has a mental disorder.
“Not all bad behavior comes from mental illness. Sometimes it can simply be bad behavior.“
Seems the only folks who were suspicious at all of James Holmes were what progressives like to demonize as “gun nuts,” like the owner of the gun club Holmes sought to join, who banned him on instinct:
It wasn’t Holmes’ club application that raised a red flag for Lead Valley Range owner Glenn Rotkovich but rather the outgoing message on his answering machine.
“It was this deep, guttural voice, rambling something incoherent,” Rotkovich said. “I thought, ‘What is this idiot trying to be?’ ”
Rotkovich said he told his employees Holmes was not allowed on the premises, he said.
Had Holmes been allowed on the range, he could have practiced with the guns found in his possession when he was arrested in the back of the Century Aurora 16 movie theater Friday morning. Police say he had an assault-style rifle, a shotgun and two .40- caliber handguns.