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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Shannon Frattaroli
The murder-suicide involving a University of Maryland, College Park, student who was on medication for mental illness will likely affect the debate over Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control bill and its safeguards against gun purchases by the mentally ill.
She said many mental-health advocates worry that harsh laws may discourage people from seeking treatment, and she added that studies show most people with mental illnesses are no more likely than the average person to commit violent crimes.
She said lawmakers have good reason to re-examine their laws following violent tragedies such as the Green shooting and December's mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., but that the public has an incomplete understanding of such issues.