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October 21, 2014, 11:48 am
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Schock It's Not About Guns, It's About Mental Health

Congressman Aaron Schock says the response to tragedies like last month's Connecticut school shooting should be to focus on mental health... not on guns.


Speaking to reporters in Springfield, the Peoria Republican says none of the gun control proposals offered by President Obama and Vice-President Biden would have done anything to prevent the mass shootings at Sandy Hook.



While he says he might consider proposals such as an expansion of background checks before gun purchases, Schock says his approach will be to try to make it easier for parents to get help for their mentally-ill children. But the plan he's working on does not include any additional federal funding for mental health programs, something that advocates say is necessary to close the treatment gap in states like Illinois.

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