Think this issue doesn’t affect you? Well, take a look at these statistics from http://www.mentalhealh.gov : One in five adults has experienced a mental health issue. Half of all mental health disorders first show up before a person turns 14. Three-quarters of mental health disorders begin before 24. But less than 20 percent of children and adolescents with mental health problems receive the treatment they need. One in 20 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression. We are reminded of the seriousness of mental illness when there’s an incident like the one at the Navy Yard.
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NRA chief Wayne La Pierre wants ‘broken’ mental health system fixed but rejects calls for more gun control legislation
They include what happened — or didn’t happen — in the military and veterans mental health care systems, particularly when the gunman allegedly sought help from the Veterans Health Administration. Was there effective engagement? The response of law enforcement should also be addressed. In theory, had the police both arrested and charged the gunman in past incidents involving a gun or disorderly conduct, he would have been put into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System database and prohibited from buying a gun, regardless of his mental health status. It is also possible that his case might have been handled by a mental health court, leading to supervision and treatment.
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How shootings stigmatize people living with mental illness
If theyre committed, theyre not at the naval yard. RELATED: NAVY YARD GUNMAN PASSED GUN CHECK DESPITE MENTAL PROBLEMS In the appearance on NBCs Meet the Press, LaPierre again deflected calls for more gun restrictions by blaming Alexis and the people who failed to stop him from entering a supposedly secure military installation. “The outrage ought to be placed on an unprotected naval base, on a criminal justice system … that doesn’t even enforce the federal gun laws when we could dramatically cut violence, on a mental health system that is completely broken, on a check system that is a complete joke in terms of stopping the bad guys. Lets do whatever we can, lets fix the broken system right now, he said.
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