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From: theodore ( -75.139.90.168)
Subject: Re: Connecticut school killer a vegan
Date: December 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Connecticut school killer a vegan posted by Jo Stepaniak on December 25, 2012 at 8:16 am:

The same is true of mental illness - sometimes mentally ill people are mass murderers, but being mentally ill doesn't mean you are going to be a mass murderer, very much more than being vegan means you are going to be a mass murderer. In fact, according to my understanding, the mentally ill are actually less likely, statistically, to commit crimes, than the general population. I don't know if there are statistics about it but I would think that vegans are the least likely to commit murder, whether they are mentally ill or not. Sure, if someone's mental illness involves previous episodes of anti-social behavior, or violence, then they are more likely to do something violent in the future. But if their mental illness doesn't involve such previous episodes, then I don't think they are any more likely to do anything violent in the future, than the general population. No-one is reporting any history of violence for this young man, so mentally ill or not, it would seem unlikely for him to become violent. One hypothesis for why there is no history of violence reported, is that there were incidents of violence that his father or brother are aware of, but they are not divulging them. If this is so, perhaps they are keeping quiet because they are concerned that people would hold them partly responsible for the murders.



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