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Re: “The Crazed Internet Rantings of Jared Loughner

Psychiatric diagnosis belongs with the experts, and even they can get it wrong. We can see why by a glance at… - the American Psychiatric Diagnostic Manual. Too much reading of the DSM can leave even the best-adjusted questioning which of several likely labels he or she fits.

The shooter's writing may be an example of poor writing technicque or an awkward attempt to creatively express various thoughts. Who knows, maybe it was his English courses that threw his GPA into the crapper. I''m wary of labeling anyone as mentally ill based on Internet correspondences, with the terrain being trickly for the best writers, and words easily misconstrued.

There is, of course, no doubt as to his actions on Saturday, and thus it is easy to read into prior writing.

His act was insane, but that doesn't mean he is clinically insane. I'd not want to see this person get a more lenient sentence based on an insanity plea, but that will be determined by others and is out of our hands. The insanity argument also gives an out - aka excuse - to any far-right or far-left political group members who wish to either blame the other or escape blame.
Personally, I am not finding any comfort in blame.
--- I voted for Representative Giffords, I've listened to her talk at a previous event, and I deeply respect her, even when I disagree with some of her positions.

Posted by AnneFeelingSad on 01/10/2011 at 5:05 PM

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