I'd just like to add that while mental illness isn't exclusive to the US, the lack of care and in some cases general apathy toward the mentally ill by lazy, incompetent doctors is fairly exclusive to the US. I can't think of any other first world country where the mentally ill are swept under the rug or doped with so much medication that they cannot function in their nation's "normal" society.
I'd like to see some stats to support this assertion MM. Not that I doubt your word, it's just that something like mental illness is so hard to identify and quantify, I'd be surprised if anyone at an official level had any idea what the actual instances of mental illness are in the US. (Or in any other country, for that matter)
It brings up another point:
I would be interested in hearing what congress, in particular, would have to say about pouring resources into some kind of coordinated, government administered mental health program, since this would be contributing to the so-called "nanny state" that Republicans seem to be so hell-bent on avoiding. It would also likely require a tax increase, which is yet another right wing bugaboo.
If left with the choice between that, or restrictions on certain types of firearms and ammo, I wonder what they'd choose? Of course, we know the answer is "Neither", but at least we'd know for sure what their real priorities are.
Orland Kurtenbach and Dennis Kearns had just been torched 8-1 by the Habs, but they still took time to come out to meet us, some fellow BC boys who were playing hockey in Montreal. THAT"S what being a Canuck is!