MSNBC's Contessa Brewer on Tuesday spread the blame for Saturday's spree
shooting, singling out "vitriolic right-wing talkers and the Tea
Party." Several groups seemed to be on Brewer's list, with the notable
exception of Jared Loughner. He was only mentioned as a failure of the
mental health system.
Closing the 12pm hour of News Live, Brewer summarized, "We've been following the fallout from the Tucson shooting and there is a lot of blame to go around. People are blaming the vitriolic right-wing talkers and the Tea Party."
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CONTESSA BREWER: We've been following the fallout from the Tucson shooting and there is a lot of blame to go around. People are blaming the vitriolic right-wing talkers and the Tea Party. They're blaming the gun culture, but perhaps if we spent more time scrutinizing the gaps in our mental health system, perhaps people like Jared Loughner wouldn't fall through them. Ike Crosson tweets, "Contessa, you can't be more correct. Once again, mental health is being placed on the back burner. Bryan Lovsness writes, "Mental health is a taboo subject still in some states, especially for males, to ask for help." And Alice Beebe posts, "We need to be able to report mental health issues just like we report child abuse." I always appreciate you weighing in. We've had an interesting, lively discussion about this, though most of it has turned back to gun control issues. I'm Contessa Brewer, thanks for watching today.