In order to properly address a disease you have to assess the proper cause, otherwise you are just chasing your tail. Much more focus has to be placed on the often underlying cause for such events as Newtown. That cause is mental illness. Maybe if the Bush proposals hadn’t been ignored, something could have been done.
Following Seung-Hui Cho’s 2007 shooting spree at Virginia Tech, President George W. Bush put forth mental health proposals aimed at identifying and treating people who might have the propensity for such heinous crimes–people like Adam Lanza. However, Bush’s proposals were never acted upon.
Now, Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Henry Waxman (D-CA), Tim Murphy (R-PA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Michael Burgess (R-TX), are asking what happened to those recommendations.
Moreover, each of them has noticed that the mental health recommendations recently put forth by President Obama bear a striking resemblance to what Bush previously suggested: “Some of the recommendations made in the report following Virginia Tech appear to be similar to proposals that were presented by the President on January 16, 2013, after the Newtown tragedy.”
The group of lawmakers has re-submitted the list of Bush recommendations to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and are requesting to be updated on what happened with them when Bush originally put them forward.
The lawmakers asked Sebelius to provide them with answers by Feb. 21st.