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Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Associated Press news story “ Final Sandy Hook shooting report describes killer's fascination with violence ” tells of Adam Lanza, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, displaying numerous signs of severe abnormal functioning. The 20-year-old was definitely in need of an inpatient psychiatric setting. However, he was able to fly underneath the mental health system's new radar, so to speak.

After detailing all this bizarre behavior, which would lead any reader to conclude that this kid shouldn't have been on the streets unsupervised, the story then asks why Lanza shot his mother to death and massacred 26 others at the school. Is AP serious?

The legal system still employs what I believe to be an antiquated criterion for assessing insanity in criminal cases — whether the accused knew the difference between right and wrong. It still doesn't seem to acknowledge the fact that oftentimes, people can plan despite being crazier than an outhouse rat.

Sam Shutter




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