Another School Shooting Reignites Debate Over Guns And Mental Illness

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There were obvious indications that University of California, Santa Barbara school shooter Elliot Rodger was disturbed.

Last month, his family had asked local police to check up on him, but the young man convinced officers he was okay. Under California law, police couldn't have done more unless Rodger had been admitted to a mental health facility.

Mental health policy expert Richard Bonnie joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss the question being asked around the country: is there more that can be done to keep guns out of the hands of disturbed and potentially violent people?


  • Richard Bonnie, law professor at the University of Virginia, who is an expert on mental health policy and criminal law and served on a consortium after the Sandy Hook school shooting.

This segment aired on May 26, 2014.


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