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Mental illness and guns: Could the Jacksonville shooting have been prevented?

Mental illness and guns: Could the Jacksonville shooting have been prevented?

After a mass shooting, it’s customary for officials with the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups to point a finger toward mental health care in the United States and question whether the shooting might have been prevented by a good psychiatrist and a fistful of pills. While much is yet to be revealed about the recent Jacksonville shooting that left several dead, including David Katz, the 24-year-old Columbia man who shot up the video game tournament last Sunday before turning his handgun on himself, it’s clear the shooter’s parents worked long and hard to make sure he got the best possible mental health treatment. And that raises the second question that inevitably comes...

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