Sunday, July 5, 2015

Letters Extra: Early help to thwart violence

When politicians get serious about changing mental-health laws and funding local mental-health organizations, we will be able to help people before their cry for help results in violence.

Letters Extra: Early help to thwart violence

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“Shame on us if we’ve forgotten” the victims of Newtown and other mass shootings, President Obama said last week. But the real shame is failing to face the elephant in the room: mental health.

Severa decades ago, rights activist court challenges narrowed the government’s ability to give a person help with psychological issues without their consent. Today, troubled individuals have to commit a crime before this can happen.

While the 500-plus annual murders in Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago do not happen because of mental disorders, mass murders like those at Sandy Hook Elementary all have a mental-health component.

So when politicians get serious about changing mental-health laws and funding local mental-health organizations, we will be able to help people before their cry for help results in violence. Otherwise, politicians will keep trampling on the Second Amendment under the guise of keeping us safe.

Tryst Anderson, East Norriton, trystanderson@yahoo.com

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