At issue: Mental health, guns, background checks

Friday, January 8, 2016
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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.

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