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-- today because Connecticut is on the verge of passing the nation's toughest gun control laws today the state of course is still healing.
From -- awful sandy -- elementary school tragedy.
That killed twenty young children and six adults in December but some lawmakers are saying that this law.
Does not fully address the issues that were at play at sandy -- including.
The extensive mental health issues that might have prevented.
This tragedy that happened in new -- -- I wanna be.
For a while some right now doctor Paul talk Meyer who is a psychologist and family -- hope where are there no matter acquire doctor thank you very much for being here today.
You know -- -- start by by -- a sound bite from President Obama.
In those awful days right after what happened in -- that this is what he promised to take on closest to that.
In the coming weeks -- use whatever power.
This office -- string gauge my fellow citizens from law enforcement.
To mental health professionals to parents and educators.
In an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like us.
Because what choice do we had.
Now health professionals of which you are one how do you feel in terms of how much mental health professionals have been brought into this conversation.
In truly preventing.
Another one of these incidents.
I think it has not gone far enough that we need to go a lot further if we look at the numbers we see that the connection between gun violence.
And mental health issues.
It's profound 63% of incarcerated males.
Who were there for gun violence have either substance abuse disorder or mental health issues so the connection is profound and we need to do a much better job.
I'm getting in there and looking at those issues.
That -- -- to -- look at a poll that shows you know what people blame me essentially.
For what happened and -- kind of proposals they paid -- to prevent -- again 85% say yes they were they agree with universal background checks 72%.
-- -- your environmental health tax.
It's not something we're hearing the details of the because it's very difficult territory how do you decide if somebody.
Shouldn't have a gone or if -- someone who was a family member at home like -- -- and because we know and must -- at this screen when you look at.
Show Loughner -- homes all of these horrific cases every one of these people had run ins and interactions with mental health professionals but it didn't help.
Right and I think this case brings to -- -- very critical issue which is the importance of family here -- -- family therapist who believes in the Second Amendment I believe that we have the right to bail out bear arms.
Bear arms and so I think that the analysis -- to start in the families that are families have to be paying attention to what's happening.
In them and be looking for -- signs of mental illness substance abuse disorders and that's where the real analysis needs to start.
But some families feel like they have nowhere to turn I read -- you know accounts of witnesses and friends of Nancy -- says -- said she knew he was.
There's very little recourse for somebody who knows if they -- living with a dangerous challenge other more heartbreaking than hearing a mother who says my child is potentially dangerous.
They have nowhere to go no you can't institutionalize.
A child who has never committed a crime before.
That's exactly right but you can be paying attention to what's happening and you can reach out.
We're looking at three I think a three pronged approach I think we need to look at the families.
Then I think we -- need to look at communities and then we need to look at the legislature's that we need to be doing a better job working.
Together to do this I think the Connecticut -- very important because it shows a bi partisanship that we have the Democrats and the Republicans have come together.
To create a law that's that's effective and I think responds to the tragedy on the web part but what is it really Jennifer and her as -- -- -- What's -- recognizing the positions exist -- the have the law does contain a provision that brings it to the four and we are having these conversations about it and we're figuring out.
As Smart compassionate people.
How to solve these problems.
I fear that the gun issue gets so much more attention than this other part of it that clearly is is an essential component -- thanks.
Well to what -- -- these these people would not carried out these classic they did not have a mental health about it's absolutely I agree with.
Doctor help my thank you very much good to have you here today to the big problem we hope that continually bringing some attention to it will keep it in the forefront thank you -- they've seen.
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