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Thai gunman who killed 20, injured 42 in mall, shot dead

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By SAKCHAI LALIT and TASSANEE VEJPONGSA

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Yet another good for nothing deadbeat who should have done humanity a favor and turned his gun on himself before all these innocent people were massacred.

Rest in Peace to the many killed and hope the injured pull through.

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Horrible. Hopefully this is resolved quickly without further tragedy.

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RIP to the victims.

Guns, soldiers and bitter disputes. Not a good combination.

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...good for nothing deadbeat... 

Emoting and cursing don't enlighten us one iota, but to know and understand this man's story might help us find an answer as to why he ran amok and take measures to deal more effectively with mental health issues. As a soldier serving "society" he was very much involved with guns 'n' violence and fits perfectly the profile of a usual suspect. Guns are not cool in the hands of the mentally unstable so there is good reason to be afraid of rogue cops and soldiers.

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Emoting and cursing don't enlighten us one iota, but to know and understand this man's story might help us find an answer as to why he ran amok and take measures to deal more effectively with mental health issues

Very true. But it takes a certain amount of open mindedness and a willingness to delve into such matters. Sometimes, people prefer just to go down the emotive route and lash out.

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Sometimes, people prefer just to go down the emotive route and lash out.

...and lash out at innocent bystanders at that.

Seems to me like he may have underlying mental health issues.

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Sh1mon M4sadaToday 09:47 am JSTSometimes, people prefer just to go down the emotive route and lash out.

...and lash out at innocent bystanders at that.

Seems to me like he may have underlying mental health issues.

Still, that's no justification to kill strangers who did nothing to you. To make it worse, killing kids means that some children would never grow up. And if in this case there are child survivors that could mean PTSD later in life for them. This is inexcusable.

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Still, that's no justification to kill strangers who did nothing to you

Agreed, but I don't think the shooter is even contemplating justification. He would never be able to justify his abhorrent actions.

He has simply lost control of his emotion...and I suspect there are underlying mental health issues.

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...the first person killed was the commanding officer of the 22nd Ammunition Battalion, in which the suspect also served. He said the gunman had fired at others at his base and took guns and ammunition before fleeing in an army Humvee.

A whole army base full of professional soldiers couldn't stop this guy killing his C.O, shooting at others, taking what he wanted and then fleeing to kill yet more civilians. Yet some people believe that if we put guns in the hands of untrained teachers they'd be able to miraculously stop all the lunatics who rampage through (mainly) U.S schools and cause so much death and destruction.

You can't take guns out of the hands of soldiers, obviously, since guns are their stock-in-trade, so the only answer is closer monitoring of personnel and identifying (and disarming) those who may have a problem. But that would require a greater level of commitment to and funding for mental health services than is generally found in most armed services the world over. Also soldiering is an intrinsically macho profession, and I'm sure that in some countries there would be an equally macho resistance to the notion that such services are needed.

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In Thailand, gun violence is much more common than in Japan.

Thais with access to weapons use them for petty grievances that escalate out of control-not so uncommon.

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Sh1mon M4sadaFeb. 9 11:37 am JSTStill, that's no justification to kill strangers who did nothing to you

Agreed, but I don't think the shooter is even contemplating justification. He would never be able to justify his abhorrent actions.

He has simply lost control of his emotion...and I suspect there are underlying mental health issues.

That's why he needs to be in a mental hospital so he's not a danger to himself or others. Mentally ill people need help. Prison and executions are NO solution.

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