No amount of genetic testing on a monster's body is going to bring back all the innocent lives lost in Newtown, but it just might help prevent others from occurring.
Whether your stance lands somewhere between a gun ban or giving guns to everyone, we think we're pretty okay with science taking a crack at it. We're just afraid that there will be a knee jerk reaction if they think they find something. Plus, what happens if they don't?
Sometimes you just can't find the reasons in the senseless, no matter how hard you look.
Here's what they might look for, according to someone involved with the plans:
"They might look for mutations that might be associated with mental illnesses and ones that might also increase the risk for violence. Some mutations that are known to be associated with at least aggressive behavior if not violent behavior.
"I don't think any one of these mutations would explain all of (the mass shooters), but some of them would have mutations that might be causing both schizophrenia and related schizophrenia violent behavior. I think we could learn more about it and we should learn more about it."
The problem here is that there are plenty of people out there with mental illnesses that do NOT harm people like this. In fact, we'd say the majority of people out there fighting the stigmas of the cards they've been dealt would never do something like what happened in Newtown.
Science isn't at its most effectiveness when the sample is one person.
Though, who's to say they won't find something worth knowing?
We just want them to tread lightly — everyone is looking for a quick fix right now, and there probably isn't one.
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