DEAR ABBY: I have listened to our president and various candidates comment on gun control after the shooting at the college in Oregon. Do you remember the saying, "Guns don't kill people. People kill people"? Gun control is not going to stop this.
What is needed (or at least would help) is more mental health care. It seems every time a person takes the notion to shoot others, someone says, "He was depressed." Never during the 20 years I have battled depression have I ever wanted to shoot anyone. There have been times when the urge to shoot myself was almost overwhelming, but I NEVER felt like shooting a bunch of strangers.
Abby, I'm writing this to defend those of us who are truly fighting depression. -- DEPRESSED IN TEXAS
DEAR DEPRESSED: Misinformation about mental illness is a contributor to the stigma that surrounds it. The triggers that have led to the plague of mass shootings in this country are the result of individuals with severe psychosis and the impossible task their families have faced in getting their loved ones the ongoing medical and psychiatric treatment they needed.