Em­pha­size men­tal-health re­form

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“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,

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