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Welcome back to on the hunt at foxnews.com.
I'm Jonathan Hunt got a couple of chats on the -- Gun control debate here big Vinny 323.
Says does anybody remember the 9/11 hijackers killed all those folks would box cutters and not guns -- things I could kill more with.
Box that is a big Vinny they kill them all by flying those planes.
Into the towers here in New York into the Pentagon in Washington DC.
And into the grand in Pennsylvania.
The net drama says nobody did this but the shoot how can anybody else be held responsible when we're talking about the -- liability that.
All of the -- potential liability for either of the -- of the movie theater.
-- is in Aurora Colorado or indeed the the school district off and you -- Connecticut all right I want to.
Bringing that doctor Daniel -- -- who his psychiatrist who is a psychiatrist and is the founder of psychiatric consultants.
Of Florida -- -- a great to see you thank you for being here.
Thank you Jonathan thanks for having me mental health is one of those issues that has been at the forefront of the debate since this spate of mass shootings that we've seen.
How big a role does it though does it play it would appear to me that on the I had -- Layman's terms you have to be mentally ill to carry out one of these shootings.
Well I think mental illness plays a tremendous role but I think what that viewers should take away from the situation is that most people -- mental illness are generally more violent than people in the population around us.
But there are certain factors in certain individuals for example paranoia.
Or is what we call command auditory hallucinations that sometimes can increase the risk of violence and -- number of other factors so.
Everyone has to be taken as an individual we can't generalize that people -- mental illness are necessarily more violent than the general population.
But wait would you like to see proposals.
When Vice President Biden hands his proposals.
Drawn up by the panel that he has pull together.
To President Obama would you like to see mental health be a pot of those proposals some sort of changes.
As well as gun control proposals.
More -- mental health and entirely separate issue and should be dealt with the in that way.
Well I think mental -- needs to be a priority I think screening needs to be a priority access to care and services these are all things that need to be a priority.
But I think we want to find a simple answer to a complex problem.
And the thing is if one determined deranged individual wants to carry out one of these horrific crimes.
There's not a lot we can do to stop -- we can certainly make it more difficult.
But we cannot stop it it is impossible to.
Predicts that one individual like this we do something like this on a larger scale it's just very difficult to do that part.
-- that -- do we look good looking back act some of the mass shootings in this country Jared -- in Arizona.
We have obviously.
Adam lands most recently in nine need ten Connecticut -- and show.
At Virginia Tech and that James -- we were just talking about in Aurora.
Were there have been warning signs that the -- each of.
These cases that you think people should -- picked up on more doctor.
Well there's you know phenomenon called hindsight bias you know what we look back on something -- had to see it more clearly that and then when it happens.
I think if you look at all these individuals if you look at the Virginia Tech shooting you look at -- Colorado shooter in new -- They all -- sort of these loners that lived on the fringe of society.
And had an axe to grind so I think they were certainly some common threads.
But I think as a society we have to look at some of these red flags and try to do something before it's too late right and that -- -- to factors that can lead to some of these violent act.
Acts as well as mental illness you say there's that the question of lack of family support.
If they have a history of violence and if there is any.
Substance abuse we should be looking at all of those when we look at whether an individual is at risk of carrying at these kind of backed its.
Absolutely access to firearms substance abuse previous traumatic brain injury.
Being a victim of abuse these are all factors that -- you at greater risk for violence.
But as we know there are many people who have risk factors who never carry out violent acts which is why.
It is very difficult to predict that this would happen and violence risk assessment is -- very imperfect science at best yup that's for -- all right doctor Daniel -- west psychiatrists and find out of the psychiatric consultants of Florida I've talked about the great to see you thank you for being with us and thank you -- those insights.
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