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The mental health red herring

"I was afraid he could show up at any point, any place ... and kill me," the former high school classmate of the suspect told "Today." (NBC News)

The article by Scott Dance describing the gun law status in Maryland quotes Republican Sen. J. B. Jennings (“Maryland’s strict gun laws could not prevent Capital Gazette shooting, spurring talk of changes,” July 2). Senator Jennings, in typical Republican fashion, said that the problem with the Annapolis shooter is that he was mentally ill, and all we need to do is make mental health treatment more available.

The NRA probably gave Senator Jennings that talking point. Senator Jennings is purposely ignoring the problem that people like the Annapolis shooter (whose name I refuse to write down for yet another mention in the press) never sought mental health care so far as we know and would probably not have benefited from mental health treatment even if a judge had compelled him to seek it.

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Dr. Henry Farkas, Pikesville

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