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Guns and Mental Health in America

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 23 May 2013

Many of America’s mass killers have had mental health problems yet America is a country where millions who are mentally ill go without treatment and have easy access to guns.

For Assignment, Hilary Andersson tells the story of a family devastated by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut. She also speaks to another family coping with mental illness, who cannot afford to get treatment for their child.

(Image: A man holds up a sign during a rally to promote gun control legislation in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Credit: Getty Images)


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