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Better Health Care Access Needed, Heroux Says

In wake of the deadly mass shooting in Connecticut, the state representative-elect says "we need to make it easier to access and encourage mental health care more than it is easier to access a gun."

Attleboro State Rep.-elect Paul Heroux released the following statement in response to the mass killing at a Connecticut elementary school:

If it is true that the 12/14/12 Connecticut shooter was suffering from serious mental illness, and I believe it is, the awful shooting in Connecticut reminds us of why we need to make it easier to access and encourage mental health care more than it is easier to access a gun.

Put another way, our culture encourages gun ownership but stigmatizes mental health treatment. No one asks to suffer from metal illness anymore than anyone asks to suffer from asthma or diabetes. If these are treated a person can live a fairly normal life. If neither are treated, tragedy can happen. 

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victims.

Gretchen Robinson December 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM
No, you are wrong. This gun violence and terrorism is something he knows to the core having studied it. And he is continuing to address issues of concern just as he did in Huffington Post before he ran for election and in local venues while he was running for State Rep. I believe you do him a disservice.
deb of see-attleboro December 18, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Keep it up, Gretchen. As we speak many parents of children with Asperger syndrome are fearful of people just like you.
yerkillinme December 18, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I'm starting with inferences & assumptions? You just answered Deb's question with "Reportedly he had a personality disorder". Do you understand what "reportedly" means? Do you know the definition of speculation? I didn't deliberately misunderstand anything. The point is here that nothing has been confirmed about 1. His mental illness and 2. Whether he did not have access to mental healthcare. How can anyone claim there was a breakdown in the mental healthcare system in this case without knowing the facts? What laws or funding should have been in place to prevent this? 50% more mental healthcare funding? A law forcibly institutionalizing/medicating someone with no prior criminal record or history of violence? Do you know that he was not in treatment or was denied treatment? Coming out one day after the event with zero facts and engaging in speculation hurts the mental healthcare debate more than it helps it, in my opinion. You don't have to agree with me but no one's forcing you to follow each of my posts and respond angrily to them either.
Gretchen Robinson December 18, 2012 at 01:08 AM
no they're not. NAMI Attleboro brought in speakers from Bradley Hospital to speak on Autism and Asperger's Disease. Several parents came, some from as far away as Wrentham where there is an active group. It was videoed and shown on DoubleAces. People around the world can watch it via the internet. And I co-led a novel about a boy who had Asperger's called "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night." The second brought in a good group of people, many of whom came to learn about Asperger's Disease. I'd really like to know why you try to shoot down everything I say? Is it personal? I don't think we've ever met.
deb of see-attleboro December 18, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Are you directing your comment to me, Gretchen? If so, I assure you it is nothing personal. My intention is not to shoot down everything you say. In fact, I often hold back on commenting! Carry on!:)

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