While stricter gun control may limit the mentally ill’s ability to access them, and remove one path of violence from them, many other options remain. A suicide is not just about suicide with a gun. Murder is not just about killing with a gun. These things are about the taking of a life, perhaps one that that had a chance at rehabilitation and treatment.
Where we step up and provide the treatments needed we prevent violence by any and all means. Guns, cars, bombs, or in the instance of suicides, tall buildings and enclosed garages with a running car.
Medical experts at Yale University had called for drastic measures to help Adam Lanza in the years before he shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but those calls “went largely unheeded” by his mother, who was also shot to death, according to a new study.
The report, based on a comprehensive examination of the medical and school histories of Mr. Lanza, 20, found he was “completely untreated in the years before the shooting” for psychiatric and physical ailments like anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and was also deprived of recommended services and drugs.
The report also stated that undiagnosed anorexia could have affected his mental state.