US Government Calls For Ban On Mental Health Issues Following Shooting
In the aftermath of yesterday’s incident at Fort Hood, Texas, where four people died and sixteen were injured after a gunman with mental health problems opened fire on his colleagues, officials have called for stricter controls to be placed on mental health problems.
This is the second such tragedy in less than five years at the Military Base, following a shooting rampage which left 13 people dead in November 2009. Officials believe that now is the time for a clampdown on those with mental health issues, in an effort to prevent any further shootings.
“Using a .45 Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun that he had bought recently, a 34-year-old soldier suffering mental health problems opened fire on his colleagues yesterday” said Senior US Congressman Dan Wesson.
“It’s an unfortunate fact of our lives today that these incidents are a frequent occurrence. As such, we feel that now is the time for strict enforcement when it comes to mental health problems. Mental health problems pose a direct threat to our freedoms and our way of life, and therefore must be banned”.
The new laws will come into effect immediately, and calls to mind the aftermath of the 2012 Aurora mass shooting in which a gunman killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a screening of The Dark Knight rises, after which the US Government issued a total ban on any further Batman movies starring Christian Bale