This was no random act of violence.
The murder of a TV news crew in Roanoke, Virginia –
Was a well-planned attack by a former colleague.
In an added twist –
Vester Flanagan recorded Wednesday morning’s ambush –
And posted the video on Twitter and Facebook.
He justified killing Alison Parker and Adam Ward –
In a twenty-plus page manifesto faxed to ABC News after the shooting –
Referring to himself as a human powder keg waiting to go “boom!”
Congressman Tim Murphy sees the attack –
And Flanagan’s subsequent suicide –
As another indication of a failed mental health system.
Murphy is frustrated that Congress doesn’t feel the same urgency –
And a sense of guilt every time there’s another tragedy like this one.
He’s introduced his “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis” act twice –
And it’s still stuck in committee.
Congress needs to get off its collective kiester and approve H-R 26-46.
Would Alison Parker – Adam Ward – and Vester Flanagan still be alive –
If the bill had passed three years ago?
No one knows.
We do know that it could help people in the future –
But only if Congress acts now.