NAMI Merced County Statement On Mass Shootings
Most people across the nation would not easily locate Gilroy on a map, but we know that it is only 85 miles from Merced. The gun violence that took place there at the Garlic Festival worries us all. NAMI Merced County joins our national organization in the statement that “gun violence is a national public health crisis that impacts everyone. …the vast majority of violence is not perpetrated by people with mental illness.”
“In the U.S., it is easier to get a gun than it is to get mental health care,” states Angela Kimball, acting CEO. “We need to flip the script. It should be easy—not hard—for people to get the mental health care they need.”
Mental health conditions are common around the globe, yet no other country comes close to the number of mass shootings our country experiences. As a nation, we need to address this disturbing fact. We implore and advocate for commonsense approaches to ending gun violence.