By AWR Hawkins
Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- On June 24 2014, CNN Commentator Mel Robbins said the next time there is a mass shooting “don’t jump to blame the NRA and lax gun laws.” Rather, “look at the shooter and the mental health services he did or didn’t get.”
According to Robbins, the knee-jerk reaction for more gun control following a high profile gun crime is as misdirected as it is ineffective.
She writes: “Strengthening gun control won’t stop the next mass shooter, but changing our attitudes, the treatment options we offer and the laws for holding the mentally unstable and mentally ill for treatment just might.”
Robbins focused on Elliot Rodger’s heinous knife, hammer, machete, gun, and car attacks to make her point. She explained that Rodger legally bought guns in California, a state with “the toughest gun control laws in the country.”
The laws which Rodger obeyed to get his guns “received an ‘A-‘ grade from both The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the Los Angeles Times reported.”
Yet after Rodger carried out his evil intentions on May 23, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal, along with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, called for more gun control.
But Robbins says these calls are misplaced. She said “it wasn’t the gun laws” that allowed this to happen, but “the lack of common sense mental commitment laws.”
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