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Outcry over firearms distracts from more urgent need for mental health services

The state of Connecticut has some of the toughest gun laws in the United States.

Anything can be a weapon: a screwdriver, a kitchen knife — even water and oxygen.

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All of us are exposed to violence in the media, yet most of us don’t act out what we see on television or in video games.

The firearms used in the Newtown, Conn., murders were legally purchased and registered. The person who used those firearms had a history of mental disorder.

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Why, then, isn’t there as much of an outcry for more effective mental health services as there are the usual pleas for more (ineffective) government control of firearms purchase, and more censorship of violent media?

Marcia MacInnis

Mashpee

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