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Letters: Laws that help the mentally ill

January 03, 2013

Re "Lifeline for worried parents," Column, Dec. 30

The cause of the recent mass shootings perpetrated by mentally ill gunmen is not the guns themselves but our government, which has antiquated laws that make it extremely difficult for family members who try to help their loved ones with serious mental illness to get well.

Fifty percent of those with serious mental illness have no reasoning ability, nor are they in touch with reality. The National Institute on Mental Health says this is the reason people are not capable of seeking or staying in treatment. They do not know they are ill.

How many of the parents of mass killers sought help for their children and succeeded? None.

Gail Evanguelidi

Beverly Hills

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