Deterring the Insane

There are many odd things about the sad atrocity in the Sandy Hook school. This includes odd political things, like the implicit assumption by Obama and many others that making one more aspect of what the shooter did illegal would stop him. The shooter was a 20-year-old young man described as a “loner” and “something of a genius” and “not very social” — phrases that were used to describe me, decades ago, and are now being used to identify “Aspies” and autistic children as potential mass murderers. Video games, too, are being blamed — though this isn’t supported by studies as nearly as I can tell. However, video games did figure into this, and I will get to that in a moment. […]