‘Act on Mental Illness’


I tried to write this column today on Newtown and mental illness with a sense of modesty. It may well be that no reasonably feasible public policy could have made a difference, short of having the equivalent of air marshals at the schools, which is where I think we’re headed. But I think it’s important to focus on mental illness because even if reforms don’t stop future shootings (and they might), they could certainly help many sick and vulnerable people.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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