Shooter in an Elementary School in Georgia Mentally Ill and Off Meds

Shooter in an Elementary School in Georgia Mentally Ill and Off Meds
Once again the danger of not taking meds if you are mentally ill has been demonstrated.  Tuesday in an elementary school in Decatur, GA a 20 year old man who is mentally ill and not on his meds according to a pastor with whom he was living terrorized a school.  Police reported that shots were fired from inside the school by the young man using an AK-47 assault rifle and other weapons.  The young man was holding hostages in the front office of the school where a courageous school clerk talked him into putting the gun down and surrendering.  The man had demanded a camera crew to record him killing police.
Here we go again but this time the tragedy that we witnessed in Newtown, CT was averted thank goodness.  There are several issues demonstrated in this incident:  Guns so powerful that no one need have them especially someone mentally unstable; mental illness not managed by consistent medication as prescribed and psychiatric intervention; and a culture that promotes the out of control desire for celebrity.  Will we ever learn from these tragedies and near tragedies or are we going to just numbly accept this as the way things are?