Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for better mental health services, and sensible gun control after the nation’s latest mass shooting at a community college in Oregon.
In a statement, Sen. Sanders said:
The American people are horrified by these never-ending mass shootings. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the innocent victims. As a nation, we must do everything we can to put an end to this awful epidemic of senseless slaughter.
We need a comprehensive approach. We need sensible gun-control legislation which prevents guns from being used by people who should not have them. We must greatly expand and improve our mental health capabilities so individuals and families can get the psychological help then need when they need it. We also have to tone down the incredibly high level of gratuitous violence which permeates our media.
The shouting at each other must end. The hard work of developing good policy must begin.
Bernie Sanders spoke perfectly for people who live in pro-gun states like Vermont, and Pennsylvania. Being a liberal does not mean being anti-gun, and wanting sensible gun control is something that every responsible gun owner, no matter who they vote for should support.
Some misguided Clinton supporters have attempted to smear Sen. Sanders on the guns issues, but his statement makes his position perfectly clear. It will take more than gun control legislation to solve this problem.
The United States is in dire need of better mental health and psychological services. There is a glorification of violence in our media, and it will take a collective effort on multiple fronts to end the epidemic of mass shootings in our country.
It can be done. Change can be made. As President Obama said during his statement on the Oregon shootings, he can’t do it alone. The President and Sen. Sanders need the help of millions of Americans.
The time for being desensitized to tragedy must end now. Change will only come after the American people demand it.