“It’s offensive to me that some congresspeople are worrying about how to protect themselves, when really it should be about who’s going to protect the citizenry,” (Lori) Haas said. “Who is going to protect me and my daughter? Who is going to protect Christina Taylor Green?”- Lori Haas, mother of Emily Haas, VT shooting survivor.
It is time to make sure that mentally defective people and felons can not purchase a gun. Virginia Tech Review Panel Chairman, Va.State Police Superintendent Col. Gerald Massengill:
The Tucson shooter was so nutty that his community college threw him out of school. What is less clear is why he was not identified by authorities as a danger to himself or his community. Here is one clue, money:
To fill a $1 billion hole in its 2011 budget, Arizona slashed this year’s budget for mental health services by $36 million — a 37 percent cut. As a result, advocates say 3,800 people who do not qualify for Medicaid are at risk of losing services such as counseling and employment preparation. In addition, more than 12,000 adults and 2,000 children will no longer receive the name-brand medications they take to keep their illnesses in check. Other services such as supportive housing and transportation to doctor’s appointments also will be eliminated.
It is time for all Americans, including those of us who are responsible gun owners, to understand that we need to find and identify mentally ill people, give them the assistance that they need, restrain them if we must, and make certain that they can not purchase weapons.