At issue: Mental health, guns, background checks

Friday, January 8, 2016
 | 
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

application for gun licenseA mental health professional says Barack Obama is looking in the wrong place if he wants to end gun violence in America.

A report from Yale University after the shocking rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School (Newtown, Connecticut) in 2012 found gunman Adam Lanza was "completely untreated in the years before the shooting" for several severe mental disorders.

But Christian psychiatrist Dr. Karl Benzio says merely expanding background checks, as President Obama is doing via executive fiat, wouldn't have stopped Lanza because he hadn't seen a mental health professional. "That information is mandated to be reported to state agencies to be able to be used for guns and for some other things as well," he explains.

Benzio

Benzio – founder and executive director of Lighthouse Network in Pennsylvania – agrees that those judged by a court to be dangerous to themselves or to the community need to be kept away from firearms. But the real problem behind mass shootings, he says, is a spiritual one.

"We really need to look at the deeper issues, [at] the fractured families," Benzio tells OneNewsNow. "I think we need to get back to [discovering how to] make good, whole, healthy families." 

Since 1998 about 19,000 applications for guns were rejected because the people had mental health issues. During that same time, nearly 700,000 people were denied firearms because they had been convicted of a crime.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What's the strategy behind CAIR using 'Islamaphobia' against its enemies? (Choose all that apply)

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  UN body creates post on sexual orientation, gender identity
  About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year
  Obama quickly signs Puerto Rico financial rescue bill
  Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'autopilot'
  Calif. attorney general subpoenas refiners on gas prices
Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military
Judge blocks Indiana genetic abnormality abortion law
Report: US sailors ill-prepared for Iran encounter in Gulf

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Trump: 'I'm running against 2 parties'
Obama administration wants to keep Clinton Foundation emails hidden until late 2018
Google age-discrimination lawsuit could grow
'We're not going to pour money into a black hole': Rubio talks corruption in foreign governments
Russia's proposed law: No evangelizing outside of church

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Activist documents Trump's support for LGBT causes

Donald Trump in baseball capA longtime political activist says he has researched the social positions of the two leading Republican presidential candidates – and they're not close.