Jennifer Chretien

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Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income is not the same as Social Security Disability Insurance. SSDI is for people who have been determined to be disabled by Social Security AND have paid into Social Security for a minimum amount of time. SSI is for those who have a disability and have not paid into Social Security for that time frame. If you receive SSDI you qualify for Medicare, I don't believe that just having SSI will qualify for Medicare. Having a disability typically qualifies you for Maine Care.

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If this training saves even

If this training saves even one life it will be worth every penny spent and every minute spent in training.

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There is no one solution

There are many components to the issue of gun violence and it seems that many people want to make it a single issue problem. Yes, in many of the recent mass shooting in out country mental illness has been a big part of the issue. However not all gun violence can be contributed to mental illness.
There is still a huge stigma around mental illness, some of it evidenced in some of the comments below. People shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. Some people with mental illness are afraid of not being supported by family and friends. They fear they might lose their jobs if it is discovered they take medications or have a diagnosis. Medication and therapy are important elements in treating mental illness but just as important is having strong support of family and friends. Being able to work and to contribute to your community is also important. Access to treatment is critical, insurance programs need to cover mental health as thoroughly as they do diabetes and heart disease. Mental illness is a medical condition that needs to be taken seriously.
I don't believe that more gun control is the be all end all of solving this problem either. As someone who does not own a gun I don't know all of the legal responsibilities of gun ownership. Though it seems to me that gun owners have a responsibility to secure their guns, legally and morally to prevent them from entering the wrong hands.
Simply adding more gun laws won't fix this. Improving the attitudes around mental health and improving access won't completely fix it either but personally I think if it can prevent one of these horrific events it will be worth the effort. It may also improve the quality of life for many, that seems like a good thing to me.
We as a country need to work together. It's becoming far to acceptable to dig our heels in and refuse to even see that there may be another point of view. This will get us absolutely nowhere.