U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn said states need more mental health resources following recent mass shootings
People across the country are calling on lawmakers to take action on gun control following two recent mass shootings.
A gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in early August.
The next day, a gunman opened fire in a popular area in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine people.
Channel 3 had the opportunity to sit down with U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn to talk about the issue.
She said law enforcement needs to have the tools to reduce gun violence while respecting the second amendment.
Blackburn said mental health should be a concern for everyone.
"No one wants an individual who is suffering from mental illness to have a gun, no one wants someone who is a danger to themselves or others to have any kind of weapon," Blackburn said. "They need to be in a place where they can receive help."
She said part of the problem is that there are not enough resources for people with a mental illness.
"There are discussions about not enough beds and facilities for those that are suffering from mental illness, that are suffering from drug addiction," Blackburn said. "We talk with our local law enforcement about this because these individuals end up being in our jails.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is working on a red flag proposal.
The legislation would give states grants to hire mental health professions to assist law enforcement in deciding whether a person needs to be barred from having a gun.
It's a proposal Senator Blackburn said she plans to support.
She said she anticipates the legislation will move forward, the Senate reconvenes in September.