Mark Kelly totally destroyed the NRA/GOA/Tea Party fallacy that only mental heath needs looked at in regards to gun violence, and that more guns are the answer. Let’s not forget that when the Tea Party had a chance to increase funding for mental health in 2008 when they voted against the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which required most health insurance plans to start treating mental health services in the same way they treat all other medical care. As if that isn’t enough, they’ve attempted to repeal Obamacare 33+ times, which also would increase access to mental health services.
Here’s what Mark Kelly said: “The Tuscon shooter was an admitted drug user. He was rejected from the U.S. Army because of his drug use. He was clearly mentally ill. And when he purchased that gun in November, his plan was to assassinate my wife and commit mass murder at that Safeway in Tucson. He was a criminal. Because of his drug use, and because of what he was planning on doing. But because of these gaps in the mental health system, in this case, those 121,000 records, I admit did not include a record on him. But it could have.
And if it did, he would have failed that background check. He would have likely gone to a gun show, or a private seller, and avoided that background check. But if we close that gun show loophole, if we require private sellers to complete a background check, and we get those 121,000 records and others into the systems, we will prevent gun crime. That is an absolute truth. It would have happened in Tucson. My wife would not have been sitting here today if we had stronger background checks.”