Newtown, Connecticut is a town in the prayers of the entire country today. As the nation grieves in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, people all over the country are debating two old arguments over gun control and America’s mental heath system with renewed vigor. California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack expressed concerns about the mental health system over the weekend. She and her husband, Florida Congressman Connie Mack, join the show with their thoughts this morning. Both are republicans, and both are leaving congress when this term is up.
Congressman Connie Mack mentions the mental health information coming in about the gunman and “the challenges that this young man had.” Rep. Connie Mack says, “There’s warning signs left and right about this young man. We need to have our communities in a position where they can recognize those warning signs and then act on those warning signs.”
Rep. Mary Bono Mack talks about the role of the government when it comes to mental health. “I think we have to recognize that mental health is a part of physical health, and treat it as such, and highlight the importance of it and the need for it in our society,” Rep. Mary Bono Mack says. “But it isn’t just a governmental role. It’s a family role. It’s a societal role. It’s a cultural role. It’s everywhere.”