Mental health key to Obama's plan to reduce gun violence

7:08 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When President Barack Obama announced his plan to reduce gun violence in America, the topic of mental health plaid a key role.

The President's plan includes three parts: closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands, banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and taking other common sense steps, making schools safer and lastly to increase access to mental health services.

The proposal that was announced on Wednesday comes just one month after the school shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.

"If America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown," said the President.

Chief Medical Officer at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Dr. Anthony Ng, says that the President's plan will help his hospital which has seen several cuts over the years.

"Increasing mental health services early on, especially to help those inflicted with illness, I think is going to be tremendously helpful," said Dr. Ng.

All four parts of the President's plan require action by Congress, and opposition is expected from lawmakers at both sides of the isle.


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