Sen. Patty Murray: ‘Mental health issues don’t cause mass shootings’

By | August 12, 2019

Sen. Patty Murray asserted on her Twitter account that the true cause of mass shootings are not people who have mental health issues but rather firearms.

Murray tweeted this week in the aftermath of the mass shootings that occurred in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, within 24 hours of each other.

“Mental health issues don’t cause mass shootings, guns do,” the Washington state Democrat said, calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to vote on House-passed gun control bills.

Murray called for more “commonsense gun reform” the day prior.

Lead by Democrats, the House of Representatives passed HR 8, which would require universal background checks on gun purchases. McConnell has not moved the bill to the floor.

In the case of the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, the New York Times reported his mental health problems were “completely untreated in the years before the shooting.” His mother had resisted recommendations from doctors that he take medication for some of his problems.

The attacker went on to kill his mother before going to the school, fatally shooting 26 students and staff before killing himself.