His son, James, was among the 20 children and seven adults killed by Adam Lanza on December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut—an event so horrific that it has since spawned a federal task force and kick-started a national conversation about gun control.
But unlike the handful of other parents who testified Monday at the emotionally charged hearing in Hartford, Connecticut, Mattioli said there are more than enough gun laws on the books. He called instead for a closer look at mental health policies.
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“I don’t care if you named it ‘James’ law,’ I don’t want (another law),” he said during the first of a series of meetings set up by a legislative task force assigned to review the state’s gun laws.
“I think there’s much more promise for a solution in identifying, researching and creating solutions along the lines of mental health.”
I totally agree with James grieving father…..but as a sister to a very mentally ill sister….and the amount of money taken from Mental Health Care and the fact that most Insurance companies have not provided care for Mental Illness and the fact that people that are really mentally Ill can NOT work and therefore are considered takers, loafers, weight on society, I doubt the ability for our government bodies to provide care or research for mental illness a low likelihood.
I totally agree. There had been laws regarding guns and I think the government should give attention to Mental Health Care where people who are mentally ill. Although they are capable of living by themselves, they are still unpredictable and can hurt people once they lose it.