The best thing that ever happened to my son was being diagnosed with heart failure. Why do I say that? Because of his illness, he was approved for Medicaid and eventually 100 percent disability, which led to him getting help with his mental disorders. He is not violent, but he was a problem to himself and his family. His future was dim.

The answer to these senseless shootings is an overhaul on our mental health system. I tried for years to get my son help, and it took heart failure to get him that help. Banning guns is a band-aid. Let's address the problem.

Linda Hamilton

Salt Lake City