Yeah, I figured somebody would bring this up.
Connor Betts was clearly mentally ill. Everything I’m getting, including via people from Dayton who knew him posting on social media, is that he had a fascination with killing going back to high school and that he had been in mental health treatment.
I strongly suspect that ALL these mass shooters, whether they are posting pro-Trump or pro-Warren or pro-anarchy or what, are mentally ill. They aren’t just angry people who decide to go shoot people one day. They are sick.
It would be nice if the US would approach this as a sickness and see what we can do to proactively stop it, rather than using it as a political platform. The story about the grandma who got her son into mental health treatment before he was able to use his stockpile of guns and ammo to commit a mass killing is a good example. Too often the families try to get help for these guys and no facility will take them, or they are taken into a facility and then let out. Often, as happened in the Dayton and Sandy Hook cases, a family member also ends up dead.