Calling the Cops Every Time a Student Seems Sad, Angry, or Lonely Isn’t Going to Stop Mass Shootings

Monica McGivern Xinhua News Agency/NewscomIt’s easy to prevent future mass shootings: We just need to spend a couple billion dollars hiring more security guards, installing alarm systems, metal detectors, and bulletproof glass, while undertaking a broad cultural shift toward reflexively reporting sad loners to the authorities.

That’s the flawed thinking of a number of commentators—ostensibly on the right—including The Washington Examiner’s Tom Rogan, The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin, and of course, President Donald Trump, who tweeted in response to the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting:

So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018

Trump’s sentiments were echoed by countless cable news pundits, politicians, and law enforcement officers. National Review‘s David French made

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