FROM David Shern
Mental Illness and the Threat of Violence in America During five disruptions in classrooms and libraries, Jared Loughner frightened teachers and classmates at Pima College. Police were used to deliver a letter telling him he couldn't come back unless he got "mental health clearance" indicating he was not "a danger to himself or others." In the aftermath of Saturday's shooting , did the college drop the ball? Could intervention have prevented the tragedy that has gripped the nation?
Mental Illness and the Threat of Violence This weekend, Tucson joined Virginia Tech , Fort Hood and the Holocaust Museum as locations of mass killings that have rocked the nation. Were there warning signs that disturbed people might commit mayhem? During five disruptions in classrooms and libraries, Jared Loughner frightened teachers and classmates at Pima Community College . Police were used to deliver a letter telling him he couldn't come back unless he got "mental health clearance" indicating he was not "a danger to himself or others." In the aftermath of Saturday's shooting, were there signs that should have provoked action? Did the college drop the ball? Do laws about mental illness and privacy require that we wait too long, or are they needed to protect sick people from misunderstanding and over-reaction?
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Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?