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GUNS: Deeper problem is mental illness

Letter by William F. Johnston, Tacoma on July 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm | 4 Comments »
July 27, 2012 9:33 am

Re:”Tougher gun laws probably won’t stop spree killers” (David Brooks column, 7-26).

Gasp! This political left-winger is agreeing with Brooks.

Gun control laws are not effective, as the Centers for Disease Control has shown. The people who carry out spree killings are insane. As Brooks writes, they suffer from severe mental disorders.

What he did not point out is since the 1960s and ’70s, liberals and conservatives in legislatures across the country have made a pact with the devil and closed hundreds if not thousands of mental hospitals, dumping millions suffering from mental problems into the streets of every community.

The conservatives did not want to pay for these sick unfortunates: “Balance the budget!” Liberals felt the mentally ill were being “warehoused” and had a constitutional right to die under a bridge in the dead of winter.

Brooks is correct that it is not guns that created the mass murderers and spree killers, it is dysfunctional government looking for ways to run programs on the cheap.

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