The most important reason not to show these videos is the element of copycat shooters. In the future, troubled and angry people might see the videos of Cho, the Columbine killers, and Rodger and decide to get their 15 minutes of fame as well.
How many families have to be devastated by the impact of this disease before we make mental illness a priority in this country? One in four is sick. If it were influenza, it would be an epidemic.
Whether undocumented immigrants crawl through a tunnel linking Mexico with the United States or pay a Chinese "snakehead" to help them stow away aboard a container ship bound for America, every day of their life begins with the fear that they will be asked "Papers, please!"
Last week's murder at Virginia Tech naturally evokes memories of the horrific massacre there four and a half years ago. Another shocking killing -- one that happened in 1840 -- sheds further light on how to understand campus shootings.
I too have experienced delusions on an airplane. Though I have tamed my one-time diagnosis of schizophrenia, I did show psychotic symptoms earlier in the year when I was switching medication.
When authenticity, generosity, traumatic memory, recorded history, and creativity collide, an effective documentary such as Boy Interrupted emerges.
If the cases of Seung-Hui Cho and Steven Kazmierczak have taught us anything, it's that red flags do appear consistently among shooters. What is needed is a screening process.