At the Penn Yan Town Hall Meeting the day after the Newtown Killings, our Congressman, Rep. Tom Reed said, “It’s not about the gun, but about the person behind the gun.” If he really believes that, and that our government has the responsibility to improve the mental health issues in the country; he needs to be ready to push for the proper funding.
According to a study released in July by the Treatment Advocacy Center, the number of state hospital beds in America per capita has plummeted to 1850 levels, or 14.1 beds per 100,000 people.
… People who are serious about preventing the next Newtown should embrace much greater funding for mental health, strong laws for civil commitment of the violently mentally ill—and stop kidding themselves that pretend gun-free zones will stop killers.
— “Guns, mental illness and Newtown”
- Mind your mental health (krisade.wordpress.com)
- Mental health patients receive substandard care (confused.com)
- Rate of Patients in Psychiatric Hospitals has Fallen to Level of 1850 (occupytvstations.com)