Tuesday, December 17, 2013

GUN CONTROL - Better Mental Health Access = Curb on Gun Violence?

Better mental health cannot curb gun violence alone, you need to also curb the ACCESS to guns by people with mental problems.  That requires better gun control laws.

"Can the U.S. find consensus in better mental health access to curb gun violence?" PBS Newshour 12/16/2013


GWEN IFILL (Newshour):  Now to a debate that never seems to end.  Every time a shooter goes on the rampage in a public place, the discussion turns to guns, mental health and even to violent video games.

The FBI today said it helped disrupt or prevent nearly 150 shootings and other violent attacks in the past year, in part by directing potential attackers to mental health services.  So there has been some progress, but there always seem to be new headlines.

Friday's shooting at a suburban Denver high school was the latest violent jolt.  Well-wishers left flowers today at a growing tribute to student Claire Davis.  She was shot at point-blank range by a fellow student, 18-year-old Karl Pierson.  Davis remains in a coma in critical, but stable condition at a local hospital.

The latest shooting came as the nation was marking the first anniversary of the shocking attack in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 schoolchildren and six educators.  The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School revived the long-running debate over the causes and solutions for a mass shootings like it.

It also prompted President Obama to say he would push for gun control legislation that wasn't a top priority during his first term.

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