WAVE 3 Editorial - December 18, 1012: Stop the Assaults - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

WAVE 3 Editorial - December 18, 1012: Stop the Assaults

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By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President & General Manager

Our community hurt considerably 23 years ago when a gunman went on a shooting rampage inside the Courier-Journal building. Our entire nation is hurting now with a small community in Connecticut  following the second deadliest school shooting in our nation's history. In between, there have been several mass shootings that have ripped apart our country.

The technology and killing power of weapons today far outstrip what our Founding Fathers envisioned.

And people who are a danger to themselves or others should not be able to buy high-powered, rapid-fire weapons.    

Mental illness isn't something modern medicine can easily treat and issues like the proper balance between the individual's right to privacy and society's right to know  complicate it further.

Congress didn't pass the Mental Health First Aid Higher Education Act this year which would have provided training to help people identify and respond to signs of mental illness and deal with psychiatric crises.

Let's hope it gets passed this year. While just 5 percent of people dealing with mental illness are violent, that number is too high.

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