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Obama Calls for Tighter Background Checks, More MH Funding to Cut Gun Deaths

President Barack Obama this morning announced several executive actions intended to reduce gun violence in the United States. The steps included tightening requirements for background checks for gun purchasers while upgrading the background system, better enforcement of existing gun laws, more research on gun safety technology, and an added focus on domestic violence.Obama also called for an additional $500 million to increase access to mental health treatment, noting that the majority of gun deaths were suicides.“Gun violence is a public health problem and needs to be addressed as such,” said...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Tuesday, 5 January, 2016

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