“This nation is profoundly unwell”: South Dakota legislators reflect on Texas tragedy
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The country is now asking what’s next when it comes to the discussion of guns in the wake of the deadly shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that took the lives of 19 children and two adults.
Senator Mike Rounds said Wednesday that Congress has struggled with the debate for years. He continued to say that Congress should assist local governments and law enforcement agencies to provide funding to protect their citizens.
Additionally, Rounds says mental health is at the forefront of the case.
“But in a case like this, if you talk about laws, which law is a person like this going to obey and which additional law besides the laws that are on the books right now, would stop this person if he had full intent to commit this type of evil?” Rounds says. “I wish we had all of the new answers, but Congress continues to struggle.”
South Dakota’s lone congressman, Dusty Johnson, echoed Rounds’ point on mental health, and said our country is “not doing enough” to address the senseless violence.
“This nation is profoundly unwell,” Rep. Johnson says. “I think we need to make a massive investment in behavioral health, because that’s the intervention that will protect hundreds of thousands of lives over time. We’re just not having that kind of conversation like we should in this country.”
Rounds says Congress will continue to gather more details on the shooting as the investigation continues.