Emphasize mental-health reform
“In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, buried in the hyperbolic effects of gun control or gun freedom, there initially was some talk about looking at mental healthcare. ... Finally, it appeared there would be a serious effort to address a long-neglected health concern in America, a concern that gets little attention from politicians or media—except in a negative way.
“Sadly, rather than use this critical time for thoughtful review, national media and political leaders are positioning themselves on gun control … that is a much easier pro-con, ‘them versus us’ issue to debate and cover than the less sexy issue of mental health reform. …
“However, two lawmakers are trying to break from that herd mentality. U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.), have co-authored a bill that will expand funding for crisis intervention teams, mental health courts and law enforcement training.”
— Mankato, Minn. The Free Press,