The Connecticut school massacre and discussion of gun control was a primary topic of a press conference this week. Click to hear the discussion with U.S. Senator Roy Blunt:
Blunt said he believes greater attention needs to be placed on other issues surrounding these types of crimes. “I intend to spend most of my personal energy on the real gaps in the mental health system and the notification system,” said Blunt,” There are people who are known to be a threat in some part of the community and have been banned from places in the community, but nobody else appears to be notified of that.”
Blunt went on to say specific laws regarding mental health patients needs to be the focus of attention. “There are federal laws that actually reward states for getting people out of a situation where they’re getting institutional help,” said Blunt,” The federal government actually says we will give you money if you’ll get these people and back into the community. So, I’m going to spend some time looking at that.”
The Senator said he believes in the Constitution including the second amendment and that interpretation of that law should be left to the courts.