So far I’ve seen people name likely causes such as inequality, riot dynamics, guns, media, killings by cops and so forth.
I haven’t yet seen mention of prescription meds and reduction of mental institutions.
I believe I just saw on 60 Minutes last night that prescriptions for opioid-based medication has increased from several million in 1990 to over 200 million now. 200 million! 2/3rds of the country? Really?
I’d like to see some stats on crazy people. Seems like they used to get extended stays in mental institutions at a higher rate in the old days, but for lots of reasons (like mistreatment, funding and believing that crazy can get less crazy) that doesn’t happen as much anymore.
If you look at the mass killers, it does seem as though they are not of sound mind and I don’t find it plausible that inequality (or any of the other factors mentioned) caused them to lose their marbles.