Angry Young Men
I can't get no satisfaction, I can't get no satisfaction'Cause I try and I try and I try and I tryI can't get no, I can't get noNearly all of the mass murders that we have seen in the West are committed by young men - very angry young men. The Toronto van murderer and his inspiration seem to have been angry about the fact that women didn't like or accept them. Others attach their rage to some cause or other - Islam or White Power, or whatever. There are angry old men too, of course, though they seem a bit less likely to express their rage in the mass murder of strangers. Despite the occasional angry woman, like the YouTube shooter, women seem much less likely to express their anger in mass murder.
Anger is not a mental illness, but it socially dangerous. It is striking how many of the recent mass murderers were identified as serious threats long before they committed their crimes. A few even had their guns confiscated, but they managed to get them back and use them in their crimes. We clearly need laws that take and keep guns away from the most dangerous of these people.
Is there a way, without going all-out Minority Report, that we can insure that the most dangerously identified can be forced into treatment or kept away from the means to commit their crimes?