Classmates say Dayton gunman had a 'hit list' in high school
(CNN)As a high school student, the gunman in the Dayton, Ohio, massacre had a "hit list" of classmates he wanted to kill or hurt, according to four former students who said they were told by school officials they were on the list.
Spencer Brickler said a counselor at Bellbrook High School told him that he and his sister were on Connor Betts' hit list. Brickler said he was riding on a school bus when he saw Betts getting escorted off by officers who were investigating the threats.
"He was kind of dark and depressive in high school," said Brickler, who recalled the incident occurring about nine years ago when he was a freshman. He said he had no idea what prompted Betts, then a sophomore, to put him or his sister on the list.
The information has taken on new significance now that Betts has been identified as the gunman who killed nine people early Sunday morning in a popular nightlife district in downtown Dayton, authorities said. Police officers on patrol nearby immediately responded and killed Betts less than a minute after he opened fire, authorities said.
Another former classmate, who asked not to be identified out of concerns for his privacy, also recalled being summoned to a school administrator's office and being told he was "number one" on the list of students Betts wanted to kill.
He said the list was separated into two columns: a "kill list" for boys and a "rape list" for girls.
Said another way, lack of socialization and increasing anger caused a psychotic break. There were probably many signs of his mental breakdown way before the incident. A sharp decline in mental health services due to (I'm guessing) Republican led budget cuts to save money for their donors is probably a factor here. By comparison the El Paso shooter was a regular right wing psycho driven crazy by Fox News lies (a normal pattern) and was inspired by Trump (the Trump effect to traditional right wing terror) but he also saw Trump getting attacked in the media because of his support for hate and discrimination and seeks to protect him by trying to above him of guilt for his crimes. The following extracts show what a big problem the mental health crisis in America is and its relation to mass shootings where applicable.
LA Times: Op-Ed: Actually, there is a clear link between mass shootings and mental illness
The Daily Crisis Cops Aren’t Trained to Handle Ten percent of 911 calls involve mental health situations that most police aren’t prepared to deal with, leading to sometimes tragic outcomes.
“When I became a police officer in 1977, we had health facilities,” Woody says. “Now, there’s no place to take them to.”
Mental Illness Policy.org: Survey: Police needlessly overburdened by mentally ill abandoned by mental health system.
Calls for greater use of Assisted Outpatient Treatment
Note: This doesn't change the fact that not allowing nukes have resulting in no nuclear explosions and the fact that fighter jets and Apache helicopters haven't been made available to the people there haven't been incidents involving those war machines either. The frequency and deadliness of mass shooting have increased since the assault rifle ban wasn't renewed, though (meaning that tactic had some effect but probably wasn't enough). Mental health is an important issue but its not the only issue. The other issue is easily available guns to help with gun sales by the NRA (formerly an organization committed to safety and not terror).