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  •  Well In a Nation That Ranks 40th or So in Health (1+ / 0-)
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    care, the mental health angle is worth pursuing. But clearly our systemic problems with mental health don't apply to the CT case because the shooter grew up rich in a family that could afford any kind of care he might have needed.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 06:24:56 AM PST

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    •  As much as being able to afford... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...mental healthcare is one aspect of helping people get such care, there is a significant stigma attached to the whole idea of needing it. With our culture of rugged individualism, people can often feel like their failures or weak if they need help, so in effort to fake strength, one will forego getting the help the need. Changing our culture to make it more acceptable to get help for mental problems will lead to people being more willing to go get it.

    •  The mental health issue was (2+ / 0-)
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      a factor in the Virginia Tech shootings, which still is the deadliest attack by a single gunman in U.S. history.  

      There is no reason to look at one issue (guns, glorification of violence, mental health) to the exclusion of others.  

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