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Politico - Blunt: Focus on mental health in gun talks

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By Kate Nocera

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) says President Barack Obama and Congress should focus on mental health problems when considering gun-control legislation.

Despite the fact that Connecticut had some of the toughest gun restrictions in the country, Blunt told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace the Newtown shooter was still able to get a weapon but said this was a "moment we can do something about mental health."

"We had bans on things for a decade that didn't seem to make a difference at all, but in that same decade our willingness to share information about mental problems, our willingness to share information between police officials and security officials all declined," Blunt said.

Wallace asked if Blunt would support a universal background check for gun owners.

"We ought to talk about that. Let's look at that and see. We've had proposals before in Congress that tried to deal with some of the loopholesÂ…I think that gun owners are generally for that, but you've got to have a proposal that works," Blunt said.


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