GOP Candidates: We Need Mental Health Care, Not Gun Control

Asked about President Obama’s executive actions on guns, several Republican candidates said he should focus instead on expanding access to mental health care rather than restricting firearms.

“It’s not the guns that pull the trigger, it’s the people who pull the trigger,” Donald Trump said at the GOP Fox Business debate Thursday night, noting that many states have shuttered in-patient facilities for the mentally ill due to budget constraints.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that instead of placing more restrictions on gun sellers and purchasers, Obama should work with Congress to pass mental health reform.