Dave Hardy, attorney and blogger, lives and practices law in the Tucson area. He is one of the most thoughtful and insightful bloggers around on Second Amendment issues. He just posted some thoughts on the shootings in Tucson and on the shooter Jared Loughner.
From all accounts, the shooter appears to be schizophrenic, probably paranoid schiz, and was giving significant signs of being dangerous long before the shooting. Fellow students and teachers were fearful enough to where the college suspended him unless he could provide a psychiatric evaluation showing he wasn’t dangerous, and they sent campus police to make sure he got the message. But nobody seems to have given a thought to getting the guy committed for treatment — perhaps because doing so would have been so burdensome that running the risk of his going violent was the easier course.