Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) weighed in on Twitter before President Obama’s gun safety event today:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler
@RepHartzler The president should address ISIS & problem of mental illness rather than using shootings to infringe on rights of law abiding citizens! 6:09 AM – 5 Jan 2016
How very NRA reactionary.
Uh, President Obama did address mental illness today:
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 05, 2016
11:43 A.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: [….]
….we’re going to do more to help those suffering from mental illness get the help that they need. (Applause.) High-profile mass shootings tend to shine a light on those few mentally unstable people who inflict harm on others. But the truth is, is that nearly two in three gun deaths are from suicides. So a lot of our work is to prevent people from hurting themselves.
That’s why we made sure that the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — (laughter and applause) — that law made sure that treatment for mental health was covered the same as treatment for any other illness. And that’s why we’re going to invest $500 million to expand access to treatment across the country. (Applause.)
It’s also why we’re going to ensure that federal mental health records are submitted to the background check system, and remove barriers that prevent states from reporting relevant information. If we can continue to de-stigmatize mental health issues, get folks proper care, and fill gaps in the background check system, then we can spare more families the pain of losing a loved one to suicide.
And for those in Congress who so often rush to blame mental illness for mass shootings as a way of avoiding action on guns, here’s your chance to support these efforts. Put your money where your mouth is. (Applause.)…
“…Put your money where your mouth is…”
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