LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Access to guns is the problem

Thursday, December 27, 2012 | 2:23 p.m. CST

The NRA’s proposal to create a national registry for mentally ill persons is incredibly stupid. We should encourage the mentally ill to get professional help, not discourage them. Many will avoid help if they face the prospect of being put into a national registry. This proposal is a cynical gimmick to distract us from the major cause of gun violence — easy access to guns. Certainly, we should expand efforts to treat the mentally ill. This requires increased funding, which sadly, politicians supported by the NRA often oppose.