Just four days after a warship was launched in honor of Rep. Gabby Giffords, (D) Arizona, another member of Congress was shot, Steve Scalise, (R) Louisiana. At the christening of Gifford’s ship, Admiral William Moran said of her, "This wonderful lady is an inspiration to every single one of us in uniform and every single one of us who lives in this great country." You could say that about Scalise, too, his companions, and the police who saved this from becoming one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the Republic. America dodged a bullet on a field where the national pastime is played.
With almost one-fifth of the Louisiana population reportedly suffering from serious mental illness and other states encountering similar societal issues, scientists might be on a path to helping those having difficult times in coping with life’s difficulties.