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Fisherman: Deal w/Underlying Issue

Old Fisherman (re: weekend thread about attack on Congresswoman Giffords & others): After spending time to read through this long thread, it's refreshing to see a precious few of you are trying to make sense out of this and undersand what happened. Some of you pay respects to all those injured or dead, and their families. A few of you have hit the nail on the head regarding mental health. We as a Nation have failed miserably to provide for our citizens that have mental health issues, and yes, gov't cuts that funding first when the shoe pinches. That has to be corrected. Then our own state puts mental health on the block along with education. If someone were able to look back over the past 5 years at shootings, the numbers would be chilling. The reasons are pretty much the same. I am not saying if the alleged shooter had access to mental health this would not have happened, but it's worth thinking about.

Question: Would better funding for mental health services in this country help defuse murderous assaults like the one over the weekend in Tucson, Ariz.?

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