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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Mental illness and violence in Seattle and D.C.

Focus on mental health

According to a police report, Aaron Alexis was hearing voices. [Fort Worth Police Department via Getty Images]

According to a police report, Aaron Alexis was hearing voices. [Fort Worth Police Department via Getty Images]

Recent headlines regarding Aaron Alexis and Donnell D. Jackson have the same conclusions. [“Red flags before D.C. gunman’s first shot,” page one, Sept. 18,] and [“Fatal-stabbing suspect was ordered to mental hospital,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 18.]

The two men both had serious mental-health problems and, evidently, they were not getting the help needed for those problems.

Lawmakers and others focus on gun control, which may be needed. But no focus is given to the problems that beset many people, including these two.

I suggest that law changes need to put as much focus on helping people with mental illness as there is on gun control.

Further, it was not a gun but a knife that was used in the Seattle killing.

Edith Keenan, Lake Stevens

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