By Olga Khazan
October 4, 2017
Fifty-nine people are dead from the worst mass shooting in recent U.S.
history. As happened after Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a nightclub with
a gun, or after Dylann Roof killed nine African Americans with a gun, or
after Adam Lanza killed 26 children and teachers with a gun, or after James
Holmes killed 12 moviegoers with a gun, the call for action from some policy
makers has centered on one commonality between these events: All of the
killers had brains.
"Mental-health reform is the critical ingredient to making sure that we can
try and prevent some of these things that have happened in the past," House
Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday in response to reporter questions about mass
shooters. (President Obama also proposed better mental-health care last
year, when recalling the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in