Change men­tal health laws, not our gun laws

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - VOICES & OPINION - Donna Orosz, Hol­ly­wood Ann Cim­mino, Davie

Hav­ing read David Von Drehle’s Nov. 13 ar­ti­cle on Amer­ica’s gun con­trol di­vide, men­tion­ing the men­tal health of these shoot­ers as the cause of these tragedies is ex­actly right. The car doesn’t hit the pedes­trian nor does the gun shoot the vic­tim. The peo­ple be­hind the crime and their men­tal health prob­lems will per­sist un­til the lib­er­als who did away with civil com­mit­ments and hos­pi­tal­iza­tion for these in­di­vid­u­als is re­in­stated.

In the 1980s our gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials felt it was “in­hu­mane” to hos­pi­tal­ize the men­tally ill and now they roam the streets killing in­no­cent peo­ple, push­ing peo­ple onto train tracks in New York City and com­mit­ting var­i­ous crimes and their fam­i­lies can’t com­mit them. Their hands are tied as they watch their loved ones de­te­ri­o­rate within a so­ci­ety that does lit­tle to treat them. Our pris­ons are now filled with men­tal health pa­tients who should be hos­pi­tal­ized.

Chang­ing gun laws will do noth­ing with­out men­tal health changes. our law­mak­ers and I for one am to­tally against a sys­tem that pre­vents women from mak­ing their own choices.

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