Opinion

January 14, 2011

Commentary: We must mend safety net for mentally ill

Talk radio windbags didn't buy Jared Lee Loughner his Glock, or the horrifically oversized 30-round magazines. Arizona's governor and legislators didn't drive him to the Safeway in Tucson where he left six people dead and 13 injured. Crass politicians didn't order him to squeeze that gun's trigger in an attempt to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. But from this crime that makes no sense, we need to talk rationally about a mental health system that is profoundly and criminally insane.

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