Obama has set his sights on gun control, but has he forgotten about mental health?
President Barack Obama’s gun control measures miss the entire issue underlying the tragedies in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., and the shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords in Tucson, Ariz.
The deaths in those cities can’t be attributed to assault weapons. They were due to untreated, under-treated or poorly treated mental illness.
Adam Lanza, James Holmes and Jared Lee Loughner had at least three things in common: They were male (as are most perpetrators of mass killings), they suffered with severe mental illnesses (as do almost all perpetrators of mass killings, other than terrorists) and they used powerful, high-capacity weapons to destroy others.
Of those three factors, two were beyond the control of the killers (gender and psychiatric disorders). The third—their weapons of choice—were chosen to inflict maximal carnage. To suggest that these mentally ill men would not have chosen other equally devastating means to inflict violence on others would seem so naïve as to suggest it is disingenuous.
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