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MrsBlue is home from work today, which should have provided a perfect opportunity to continue the discussion of whether to pop an air conditioner into one of the windows in the living room. That is, of course, if it wasn't for the rainstorm that has taken the local temperature down to 66F at the moment, which I'm pretty sure is not going to help my argument. As usual, the key to life is timing.

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34. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 21, 2012, 11:31 kanniballl
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 21, 2012, 08:25:
I'm not saying it will or should go this way legally, but on some level the shooter is clearly insane. No same person purposely goes to a movie and kills a dozen people and wounds dozens more. Given that, I don't see how it can be used properly as an example for or against anything.

One can make that argument about ANY killer then... there's obviously something "wrong" with a person that would kill someone for little-to-no reason. Or pedophiles for that matter. Or really, just about any violent crime that wasn't to "get away" with something else (robbery, etc). Having a mental issue or abnormal behavior doesn't immediately give you the legal insanity defense.

I believe the measuring stick is: if the person knew what was going on, and understood the immediate consequences of his actions (dead people, injured people, etc), and was based in reality (not hallucinating / thinking he was shooting Zombies / etc).

  • If he honestly thought he was saving the world from Pod People an was doing the world a favor... then he'd skate on insanity.
  • If he thought it was a message from god, then he could probably skate.
  • If he was mentally handicapped and was convinced "this would make him cool" then he'd skate, but the people that forced his hand wouldn't.

  • If it just wanted to kill them to make sure "The Avengers" stayed the number 1 summer flick... then as demented as that is, I don't think it's grounds for insanity.

    If he just wanted to make a name for himself as a large-count spree killer, then it wouldn't be grounds.

    I'm not saying he WAS legally sane... just that doing something the public would think is crazy doesn't necessarily mean the suspect is legally insane.


    This comment was edited on Jul 21, 2012, 11:48.
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