December 14th, 2013
05:36 PM ET
9 years ago

After Newtown, mental health gains prominence in gun debate

Washington (CNN) - The year 2013 started off with a fiercely emotional gun-control debate that dominated Washington for months, as both sides felt bolstered and more fervent than ever with the nation stunned by the mass shooting of first graders in Newtown, Connecticut.

But that's as far as it would go.

A year after the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary, there would be no expanded background checks or other substantial legislative changes in place at the national level.


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Mental Health
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Can you imagine THIS Congress actually allocating adequate money to mental health? HAHAHAHA! Rich people live in gated communities and don't have to deal with the real world!

    December 15, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  2. Marie MD

    In Newton's case not only did the shooter have mental problems the mother had no idea on how to deal with the problem.
    Taking your mentally unstable son to the gun range for "quality" time together might not have been the best step to take. Too bad we can't ask her. She was his first victim!

    December 15, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  3. RonL

    THE ONLY WAY we will see the passage of more practical background checking legislation is for the Democrats to win the House. The Republicans are too afraid of their extreme right wing to make any type of significant change in the law. This has nothing to do with what is right for the American public and everything to do with politicians trying to keep their positions. In the area of Mental Health programs, many of the Republican governors have actually cut these programs. A Senator was recently stabbed by his mentally ill son because there were NO ROOMS available. It is a fact that over 10% of the people in prison have mental illness. America always seems to have more than enough money for "the wealthy job creators" or the military, very little for the poor and mentally ill.

    December 15, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  4. ladies first

    No one has the right to determine what the outcome of a mentally ill individual recouse is substantiated on the basis of old tech and science Try looking at the False Drugs allocated to the 330 million people that take them and the side affects

    December 15, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |