Competing Mental Health Bills Set Up Partisan Showdown –

<img src='; width='265px' alt='Veronika Weiss, 19, was killed outside the Alpha Phi sorority house. Her father, Bob Weiss, says she was exactly the kind of person who would want to help Rodger. “She was kind. She was the person who would reach out to the kids who weren’t the popular kids, some of the nerdy kids, some of the kids that were a little bit like this Rodger kid described himself as.”‘ style=’float:left;padding:5px’ />

His parents had alerted authorities to their son’s mental illness and signs, they say, pointed to the danger he might one day pose. And, as has happened after Columbine , Virginia Tech , Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora , Newtown , Washington and other shootings in other places, the victims’ families and neighbors plead for justice, for an end to gun violence, for a change in laws. “What, what has changed? Have we learned nothing? Where the hell is the leadership,” a weeping Richard Martinez, whose son, Christopher, a University of California Santa Barbara college student who was shot by Rodger, told CNN. “My kid died because nobody responded to what happened at Sandy Hook.” CA Shooting: Crucial moments missed Shooting victim’s dad: ‘Not one more’ Witness: Suspect slowed car to shoot Witness: Gunman was firing off shots In what has become part of a familiar ritual following mass shootings in America, advocates call for action and politicos, especially those in Washington, project solemnity before retreating to their respective corners of the intractable gun debate. “Shame on us for allowing this to continue,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, who championed firearms reforms that failed in Congress following Newtown. Dems also weigh gun bill In another effort, House Democratic leaders said Wednesday they were weighing whether to push an amendment to a spending bill aimed at strengthening background checks for gun buyers. But they acknowledged it would likely prove unsuccessful.


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