Monday, December 17, 2012
In the wake of the deaths at Sandy Hook School politicians, including our President, call for action to prevent future sensless tragedy. In my view, their focus is on the wrong thing. They all talk about guns. Only a handful mention mental illness. Ours is a country in which the mentally ill still struggle for recognition and help. Many insurance policies exclude most treatments for mental illness. The shooter in Newtown was known to be unstable. It was no surprise to some that he seemed sensless to the horrible consequences of his actions. We would be far better off if our current grief caused focus on better treatment for the mentally ill than on trying to rid the country of guns.