CNN: Reframing the gun control debate: Is mental health the next focus?9/20/13
Rep. Schiff in CNN about the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and the next steps forward in the debate over gun violence legislation:
Three days after Aaron Alexis walked into the Washington Navy Yard and randomly shot and killed 12 people, a congressional push for tougher gun laws still seems unlikely to materialize like it did following the the Newtown school massacre.
But as more details emerge of Alexis' troubled past, lawmakers appear to be reframing the debate over gun violence, this time with emphasis on better treatment for mental health.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, also suggested a mental health bill can stand alone.
"I think we ought to move," Schiff said on MSNBC. "The gun issue has been so difficult. I think we ought to try to move forward with whatever pieces we can."
With that said, much work remains to be done for Congress if they decide to tackle mental health in the context of gun violence.
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