Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy

In a letter and report to the President regarding the Virginia Tech tragedy, Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary of the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Margaret Spelling, Secretary of the Department of Education, and Alberto O. Gonzales, Attorney General, make recommendations on the following themes:
  • Critical Information Sharing Faces Substantial Obstacles
  • Accurate and Complete Information on Individuals Prohibited from Possessing Firearms is Essential to Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands
  • Improved Awareness and Communication are Key to Prevention
  • It is Critical to Get People with Mental Illness Services They Need
  • Where We Know What to Do, We Have to be Better at Doing It
The report recommends action at both the federal and state/local levels in each of these areas.

See our prior post on this topic.