I share President Obama’s disgust about our nation’s inaction regarding gun violence. The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey bill came close toÂ defeating the filibuster. Its provisions would have been helpful in reducing gun violence.
If you want to learn more about the policy dilemmas in mass shootings, the links inÂ theseÂ twoÂ Washington PostÂ WonkblogÂ columns I did on the Isla Vista shootings may be of interest. By horrible coincidence, I lectured about this case this morning to University of Chicago medical students.
One more thing. I don’t even want to know the name of the Oregon perpetrator until I learn much more about and honor the beautiful people he injured or killed today. There’s no reason to put the killer’s name in lights.
Oh yeah. A second thing. Any politician who argues that mental health is the core issue in preventing gun violence should be asked whether he or she supports ACA’s Medicaid expansion. That’s the single most important issue in America regarding access to mental health and addiction services.