Uvalde mayor: Time to invest in America's mental health, stop giving billions to countries that don't like us

UVALDE MAYOR DON MCLAUGHLIN: How many times do we hear that a shooter had mental health problems? He never got the help that he needed. They dropped off the face of the Earth. Nobody wants to pick up the tab to treat mental health. Mental health is real, and like I said, that’s not the only factor. The gun played a role in it, también, but what if we would have been able to help this child? What if some incident would have triggered somebody and we could have got him help? We might have avoided this, but the problem is we don’t do anything.

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When we have a mental health deal here, they evaluate you, ok, desaparecido. We don’t have any services in rural Texas. You have to go to San Antonio or Austin. They are two and a half hours away and a lot of the families don’t have the ability to get there. We keep talking about mental health, treating the issue, and we need to quit talking about it. We give billions of dollars away to countries that don’t even like us. We ought to take that money and invest in our own country and build facilities. Look at the homeless people in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and all over the United States on the street that have problems, and they are not getting any help from anybody.

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