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Guns and Mental Illness - JOE NOCERA NYTimes.com

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Says Nocera," If conservatives need to face the need for gun regulations -- controls that will make guns less ubiquitous while still staying on the right side of the Second Amendment -- liberals need to acknowledge that untreated mental illness is also an important part of the reason mass killings take place. Yes, it is true, as has been noted in recent weeks, that most mentally ill people don't commit crimes. But it is equally true that anyone who goes into a school with a semiautomatic and kills 20 children and six adults is, by definition, mentally ill."

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