Re "Navy Yard shooter heard 'voices,'" Sept. 18
I hate headlines like this one because they reinforce the stereotype of people with mental illnesses as dangerous to others. In fact, a mentally ill person can be treated and have a normal life. Mass shootings perpetrated by people with mental health issues happen when someone isn't properly treated.
It is easy to blame people with
Mental illness is a lifelong struggle that must be addressed in the same way we treat other conditions. We need to offer help to the people suffering and stop shaming them.
As expected, people are calling for more gun control. They should know that Navy Yard gunman
Of all the gun control laws Congress or President
The big question really is: How could this guy get a shotgun, which is very large, through the security of a military building? This is a total breakdown in security, not a breakdown in gun laws.
Another mass shooting, more outcry on existing gun laws — and again, there will be no change in our country's obsession with firearms.