Washington Navy Yard Shooting
Americans who live through mass shootings often need extensive mental health treatment. Charity can't pay for it all.
Simply changing the verbiage and discussion about these tragedies does not address the underlying issues and concerns in the first place. For those with mental health instability, in whatever form and whatever the label, our country has failed them and our mental health system remains broken.
I know that it is not a simple or easy task to make these decisions about who we provide treatment for, and in what setting, especially since it involves the civil rights of individuals. But I cannot help but conclude the pendulum has swung too far in one direction.
After a week which began with 12 killed at a Navy Yard shooting in Washington, and continued with 13 shot at a South Side park in Chicago, we still can't get Congress to pass legislation on background checks.
It is the aftermath where the president and other leaders once again offer their "deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, and where we all wipe tears from our eyes, go home -- and nothing happens.