After the Newtown killings, authorities tried to understand how mental illness factored into shooter Adam Lanza’s actions. No sane person would slaughter 20 babies, six teachers, his mother and himself, right? He must have been mentally ill.
The same questions have been asked about the Boston Marathon bombers, and the killers at Columbine and Virginia Tech and the Colorado movie theater. Who murders innocent people? Surely such actions are fueled by mental instability.
And while I’m on the topic, televisions shows like CSI, Law & Order, and Criminal Minds often feature villains who are mentally ill. After a while, it begins to look as if all of the mentally ill harbor violent tendencies.
You’ll be relieved to know that this is not the case.