And why don't we wait and see what type of therapy he may have had and if some doctor had treated or officially diagnosed him.
With regard to metal disease and involuntary commitment, perhaps we need to consider reviewing the restrictions and checks on gun ownership for people who have been diagnosed or treated for manic-depression and schizophrenia. They don't always get hospital treatment.
When a family member of mine was diagnosed with Alzheimers, I was surprise that the doctor was not legally obligated to notify the department of motor vehicles. This was only done by request.
When a doctor makes an official diagnosis of manic-depression or schizophrenia, why are they not required to notify local police or the state department responsible for gun permits. And if you have a mentally ill adult living in your home, then we should assume they have access to weapons you may have a legal permit for. The guns should be confiscated by police until a judge determines the likelihood of a violent episode.
This notion that we can never predict when a person is going to snap is totally false. Metal diseases don't come on suddenly like a cold.
In the wake of the Colorado shooting, there were tons of red flags that were either missed or ignored -- a therapist had contacted police. The police and the local gun club dropped the ball and we should questioned about their inaction.