Mass Killings Could Revive Bill on Mental Health Reform

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza suffered from anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was driven by delusions. A psychologist said Alex Hribal was on the schizophrenia spectrum before stabbing his high school classmates.

After every mass shooting or stabbing over the past three years, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., has pushed harder for his broad mental health reform bill, legislation he says could have helped the perpetrators get the treatment they needed before committing terrible crimes.

Yet a subcommittee hearing is the furthest his bill has progressed. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., has said he will bring it before the full committee at some point, but House leaders haven’t committed to doing anything with it at all.

And that has the Pittsburgh-area Republican frustrated.

“It’s disgusting people keep putting this off,” Murphy told the Washington Examiner. “I can’t use strong enough words to describe my feelings on this … We just gotta get leadership to get this going. Otherwise, shame on us, shame on Congress.”