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Opinion

September 22, 2013

Mental health not sole answer on shootings

(Continued)

Another mass shooting —

While it’s true federal law prohibits the sale of guns to people who have been declared mentally unfit, it is a legal standard only a court can decide. Under the law, a diagnosis of mental illness — even voluntary commitment — does not prevent the purchase of a gun.

So while some gun rights activists would like to divert discussion away from gun control to mental health treatment or restrictions as the cure-all for gun violence, we need a robust discussion on parallel paths that do not exclude one from the other.

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