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May 26th, 2014
04:54 PM ET

Lawmaker responds to grieving father from Santa Barbara shooting

(CNN) – Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania, who is also a psychologist, urged his fellow members of Congress to act to prevent future violence by mentally ill individuals like the Isla Vista, California shooter.

Murphy said of national mental health legislation, “Let’s get it done.”

On pushes for more gun control, Murphy contends “when we are talking about guns, it’s too late.”

Murphy emphasized, “The [mental health] records are supposed to get into the National Background Check list, and very often they just don’t get there.”

"It is important that we provide more police training ... by gosh, these parents were saying this is a problem ... why can’t we focus the resources, listen to parents, and get police training [to look for signs of mental illness],” Murphy says.

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