In the aftermath of the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings, there was a backlash related to helping the “system” identify potentially disturbed individuals and either get them “help” or otherwise preventing them from accessing victims or obtaining weapons. For example, in the aftermath of Columbine, there was some fear that students’ essay content could be used against them in order to force mental health treatment and/or suspend or expell them from school, even if no law had been broken. The alleged killer in the current case was a student, and there is speculation as to whether or not his school should have done anything.
With the new shooting and signs that the killer may have been mentally ill, if not completely insane, do you think we are in for another round of enhanced involuntary treatment/commitment laws, enhanced screening measures such as personality tests or psychological batteries to enroll in school, get a job, buy a gun, or do other things in daily life?
Guy: “I’d like one ticket to Tallahassee please.”
Screener: “Please fill out this personality test. When you are finished, take it to room 505 where a doctor will screen you for violent tendencies and determine if treatment is recommended and whether or not you may proceed to Talahassee unconditionally, conditioned on successful completion of treatment, or not at all. Thank you.”