U.S. must target mental health
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.