To the Editor:
Dick Peterson’s “Views” column of Dec. 21, about the Newton tragedy, was excellent. As he said, such an event always prompts questions about a perpetrator’s mental health. Dick referenced the facts that people with mental illness are no more likely to be violent than people without mental illness, and that alcohol abuse and other drug abuse is far more likely to result in violent behavior than mental illness by itself.
The Associated Press article of Dec. 22 about the NRA spokesman’s comments was disturbing. Wayne LaPierre spoke defiantly in a lengthy tirade at a so-called news conference, and forwarded rather bizarre ideas. He unequivocally connected mental illness and violence.
A Chicago Tribune “Voice of the People” article in 1988 about the school shootings in Winnetka stated: “Laurie Dann is a murderer. This is the fact. It sounds horrible because it is horrible. Calling this mental illness is a lie.”
Adam Lanza was a murderer. That is a fact. It sounds horrible because it is horrible. Calling this mental illness is a lie.