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Are Mental Health Laws and 'Raising Good Kids' the Answers to Gun Violence?

In the wake of the Isla Vista shooting that left seven dead, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) is proposing legislation regarding mental health.

In an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, he said: “I think we need to have a couple of conversations. One, I think we have to work on our mental health laws. We have Tim Murphy in the House here. He’s a psychologist, who has come out with a bill that would give more resources to train EMTs and police officers to recognize mental illness… I think, you look at what happened out in California, we’ve got to look at mental illness in a way that really addresses it, addresses it and moves it forward or we have treatment options available that make these kind of situations extinct.”

The tragedy at UC Santa Barbara has reignited a national conversation about mental health laws, gun violence and misogyny–but most politicians have yet to weigh in.

“I think we have to look at a culture that values life–and all life. And if you have a culture that values life, I think you’ll see less of these incidences. But also you have to have good families. I mean, I’m a father of seven, my wife and I just had our seventh child. We have five daughters. It’s making sure we have families that are raising good kids, good daughters and good sons that respect each other,” said Rep. Duffy when asked what needs to be done to prevent this kind of tragedy from recurring.

Representative Duffy is one of the few on Capitol Hill to comment publicly on events at UC Santa Barbara, but are his proposed solutions enough to address the gun violence epidemic in the United States?

Credit: Victoria Moreno

Are Mental Health Laws and 'Raising Good Kids' the Answers to Gun Violence?

In the wake of the Isla Vista shooting that left seven dead, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) is proposing legislation regarding mental health.

In an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, he said: “I think we need to have a couple of conversations. One, I think we have to work on our mental health laws. We have Tim Murphy in the House here. He’s a psychologist, who has come out with a bill that would give more resources to train EMTs and police officers to recognize mental illness… I think, you look at what happened out in California, we’ve got to look at mental illness in a way that really addresses it, addresses it and moves it forward or we have treatment options available that make these kind of situations extinct.”

The tragedy at UC Santa Barbara has reignited a national conversation about mental health laws, gun violence and misogyny–but most politicians have yet to weigh in.

“I think we have to look at a culture that values life–and all life. And if you have a culture that values life, I think you’ll see less of these incidences. But also you have to have good families. I mean, I’m a father of seven, my wife and I just had our seventh child. We have five daughters. It’s making sure we have families that are raising good kids, good daughters and good sons that respect each other,” said Rep. Duffy when asked what needs to be done to prevent this kind of tragedy from recurring.

Representative Duffy is one of the few on Capitol Hill to comment publicly on events at UC Santa Barbara, but are his proposed solutions enough to address the gun violence epidemic in the United States?

Credit: Victoria Moreno

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