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Could Better Mental Health Care Help Prevent Mass Shootings?

Headlines day after the December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Headlines day after the December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. According to his father, shooter Adam Lanza had been diagnosed with sensory integration disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Bills in the House and Senate to expand funding for mental health care are attracting bipartisan support as a result of the spate of high-profile shootings this summer, according to a recent article in Politico.  But Yale University psychiatrist Matthew Goldenberg says mental health professional are ill equipped to pick out bad actors before they strike. Goldenberg explains his view in a recent Los Angeles Times editorial.

Can we pick out the mass shooters before they kill?