Opinion: Fix mental care system to stop the shootings – CNN.com

Dems also weigh gun bill In another effort, House Democratic leaders said Wednesday they were weighing whether to push an amendment to a spending bill aimed at strengthening background checks for gun buyers. But they acknowledged it would likely prove unsuccessful. The White House is also pushing to fund gun violence prevention studies for the first time in roughly 20 years, an effort resisted by Republican critics who accuse the Obama administration of playing politics with taxpayer funds. Political experts say there’s little visibility on the issue, even if the conversation centers on mental health, which has routinely presented itself in the roster of America’s mass shootings. As details emerged over the weekend in California, Rodger’s history of mental health issues apparently was no secret to his family. A family next part alex simring friend said he had seen therapists since childhood. The public push for reforms is fickle and is largely influenced by moment-to-moment tragedy, said Cedric Alexander, the chief of police for DeKalb County, Georgia, a clinical psychologist and adviser to the pro-gun rights group Independent Firearm Owners Association . “Our attention span is so short we never focus on this complicated problem long enough to address the problem, let alone begin to fix it,” Alexander said in a statement.
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According to Rodger’s writings, multiple mental health professionals were treating him and prescribed him anti-psychotic drugs. The parents and the professionals were in contact with one another and notified authorities after Rodger had exhibited some alarming behavior. The police responded to requests from Rodger’s family to check on his well-being and found him to be “apparently shy, timid, polite, well-spoken” and did nothing, as mandated by the law. California has tough gun laws, by U.S. standards. The Santa Barbara, California, Sheriff’s Office r eports Rodger bought his semi-automatic handguns legally. Only a criminal record, treatment in a mental institution or an involuntary commitment would have prevented him from buying weapons. None applied to him. Treatment for mental illness, however, does not prevent anyone in California from buying guns. That takes us back to mental health laws.
Opinion: Fix mental care system to stop the shootings – CNN.com

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