NRA http://kalw.org en Truths and tales about mental illness and guns http://kalw.org/post/truths-and-tales-about-mental-illness-and-guns <p>“If you disagree with background checks, the logical jump is you believe it’s okay for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns,” explains Bay Area Congressman Mike Thompson, speaking about his own proposed legislation to limit access to firearms. Thompson’s not the only one to connect mental illness with violence. The country has&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">heard similar statements from national figures across the political spectrum, including the NRA’s Wayne </span>LaPierre, who has stated:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We have a mental health system in this country that has completely and totally collapsed. We have no national database of these lunatics."</span></p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 01:49:48 +0000 Kristine Stolakis 25497 at http://kalw.org Truths and tales about mental illness and guns