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June 10th, 2013
10:34 PM ET

Would stronger background checks have prevented Santa Monica shooting?

We are learning the suspect accused of killing five people during Friday's shooting spree in Santa Monica suffered from mental health issues.

A law enforcement official tells CNN 23-year-old John Zawahri was hospitalized a couple years ago for allegedly talking about harming someone.

It raises the question that has been asked after other recent mass shootings: Do lawmakers need need to focus more on mental illness when it comes to stopping gun violence? Will more stringent background checks help?

Radio show host Stephanie Miller and CNN Contributor Reihan Salam come OutFront to discuss.


Filed under: Crime • Gun Control • Santa Monica killing spree
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