Was mental illness a factor in Newtown shootings?

1:00 PM EST, December 19, 2012


It is wonderful to have freedoms, but sometimes they are inappropriate: Someone who is having mental problems needs to have boundaries set by family or society ("In wake of Newtown shootings, Obama says nation must better protect children," Dec. 17).

I know whereof I speak because when I was a child a member of my family became mentally ill. Fortunately, another family member had the ability to take necessary measures to see that person was treated at an institution where care and help were available.

After treatment, having learned what this illness does to people, our family member became someone who works with other mentally ill people and served as an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

Patricia Elliott

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