To the Editor:
In “Why Can’t Doctors Identify Killers?” (Op-Ed, May 28), Richard A. Friedman argues that it’s extremely difficult for prospective mass murderers to be identified and stopped before they kill.
Although Dr. Friedman presents a convincing case, the regular occurrence of horrific killings cries out for drastic changes in the way the psychiatric community and the public treat even the slightest oddity in behavior that they observe that might signal a proclivity toward violence.
Virtually every mass killing has been carried out by angry young men, thus significantly limiting in scope the population of people who need to be identified.
The nightmares of Columbine, Aurora, Newtown and now Isla Vista require a nationwide effort to train thousands of people in ways to identify these angry young men and report them to local authorities before they kill more innocent people.
Nothing less is needed if this spate of murders is to be stopped before these mentally ill men kill again.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J., May 28, 2014
Note from KBJ: If it's okay to profile "angry young men" in general, then it's okay to profile angry young Muslim men and angry young black men in particular.