One of the NRA's proposed solutions for gun violence today is a national registry of mentally-disturbed people. Sounds a lot like the Stasi to me, a bit too "big government" for a conservative group. Besides that, how are they going to determine who is capable of violence?
Determining who's mentally unstable and capable of killing isn't that easy--even for trained professionals.
Just for fun, I am offering a real-life test. About twenty years ago, I worked with two women. Both left the agency under a cloud. One of these two women had the means, motive, and opportunity to shoot her co-workers and she made threats toward several of them. Yes, I was one of the people she said would be "better off dead."
See if you can read the twenty-four word bios I've provided and tell me which woman it was.
A. Single woman in her thirties lived with her cat. She was introverted, soft-spoken, and tended to keep conversations work-related. Hobbies: reading, walking, and crafting.
B. Married woman in her forties with two sons. No pets. She was highly extroverted and would talk to anyone. Hobbies, drinking, crafts, and bingo.
You can post here or in comments or on my FB page. I'll reveal the answer on Christmas Eve.
Rebecca McFarland Kyle, December 2012