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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Aurora Shooting

One year ago at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, James Holmes went on a shooting spree, killing 12 and wounding 70.  His lawyers say he was “in the throes of a psychotic episode,” but details remain unknown. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/18/james-holmes_n_3617441.html.

My Spring 2013 article at 48 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1 begins with the Aurora shooting.  It is titled, “Do the Mentally Ill Have a Right to Bear Arms?,” but a more accurate title might be, “Would restricting gun possession by the mentally ill prevent more murders or more suicides?”  The perhaps surprising answer is almost certainly suicides. www.papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2146767.

Posted by Fredrick Vars on July 18, 2013 at 02:46 PM | Permalink

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