By Olga Khazan

October 4, 2017

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Fifty-nine people are dead from the worst mass shooting in recent U.S.

history. As happened after Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a nightclub with

a gun, or after Dylann Roof killed nine African Americans with a gun, or

after Adam Lanza killed 26 children and teachers with a gun, or after James

Holmes killed 12 moviegoers with a gun, the call for action from some policy

makers has centered on one commonality between these events: All of the

killers had brains.

 

"Mental-health reform is the critical ingredient to making sure that we can

try and prevent some of these things that have happened in the past," House

Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday in response to reporter questions about mass

shooters. (President Obama also proposed better mental-health care last

year, when recalling the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in

2012.)