U.S. must tar­get men­tal health

Boston Herald - - OPINION -

There is a men­tal health cri­sis in Amer­ica. Trag­i­cally, it is all­too-of­ten ev­i­denced in high-pro­file acts of vi­o­lence. The gun­man who killed 12 peo­ple at the Border­line Bar & Grille in Thou­sand Oaks, Calif., was a for­mer U.S. Ma­rine. Ac­cord­ing to the Ven­tura County Sher­iff, he may have been suf­fer­ing from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der. Ian David Long, 28, lived in New­bury Park, Calif. Law en­force­ment had sev­eral in­ter­ac­tions with him and deputies said he was act­ing irate and ir­ra­tionally. In his neigh­bor­hood, res­i­dents said they were aware of his prob­lems. Ac­cord­ing to Richard Berge, 77, Long was known to kick in the walls of his res­i­dence. Long lived with his mother, Berge said. Long burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m. He did not say any­thing be­fore open­ing fire, a law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said. We need to make men­tal health a pri­or­ity. There are too many of these shoot­ings. Too many lives ru­ined.

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