On October 18, 2013, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hosted a forum at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) regarding the mass shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown and Aurora. The forum is part of NAMI’s effort to disentangle the public’s conception of the mentally ill from the violence of the tragedies. The executive director of NAMI Kansas, Rick Cagan, stated that though the perpetrators of those tragedies were mentally ill, other factors contributed to their rage. Professor of psychology at FSHU, Dr. Patrick, said that the men responsible for the mass shootings had exhibited signs of their potential for violence, and that those signs were unheeded.
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