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UI professors to host public discussion on guns, mental illness

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Two professors at the University of Iowa will host a gun control and mentally ill public discussion this week.

In the wake of mass shootings such as Sandy Hook, and last week’s fatal shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport, many are raising concern for gun control and ways to keep guns from people with mental illnesses.

University of Iowa psychiatry professor James Potash, MD, MPH say they plan to look at a large issue, and that's the lack of resources when it comes to treating people with mental illnesses.

“Of course if we were able to treat people more effectively and peoples illness was broadly under better control, we wouldn't have these kind of problems with guns and violence that we have,” said Potash.

The public discussion will feature Potash and associate law dean Todd Petty. It will be held at the public library in Cedar Rapids Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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