Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Another Virginia Tragedy: Congressman Murphy Responds

History of mental illness noted by family members

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2015
Contact: Gretchen Andersen 202.225.2301

(Pittsburgh, PA) – Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) released the following statement regarding the shooting Tuesday afternoon in Bowling Green, Virginia, in which the son of former Virginia state senator Edward Houck killed himself after he shot and killed the boyfriend of his estranged wife. 

Initial reporting indicates the perpetrator had a history of mental illness, violence and arrest, including drug offenses and a 12-hour standoff with law enforcement in 1999. 

“I am so saddened by this incident and my deepest sympathies go out to the Houck family and all those impacted by this tragic turn of events. As the details unfold by the hour, we do know that once again we are being confronted with another incident where the perpetrator had a history of long term untreated mental illness issues,” said Murphy. “Following the horrific events this summer in Lafayette, Louisiana and Roanoke, Virginia, I ask my colleagues: What line must be crossed for Congress to take action on my crisis mental health bill? How  many more will needlessly die as Congress sits idly by? My bill is ready to be voted on and I’m calling on my colleagues, including House leadership on both sides of the aisle, to stop the foot-dragging and take up my Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act immediately.” 

With 118 co-sponsors, H.R. 2646 has earned support  from national organizations including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Treatment Advocacy Center, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association. Nationwide support for the legislation has come from newspaper editorsphysicians, and parents of children with mental illness. More information can be found here
In his seventh term representing Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district encompassing suburban Pittsburgh including parts of Allegheny, Washington, Westmoreland and Greene Counties, Rep. Tim Murphy also serves as a Commander in the Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps as a psychologist treating Wounded Warriors with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

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