As Newtown Massacre Anniversary Approaches, Obama Administration Shifts From Gun Control to Mental Health

Adam Lanza had the resources to access mental health help


A year after President Obama pledged "meaningful action" to address gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, the White House has little to show for its aggressive campaign to pass new gun control legislation. 

Instead, as the one-year anniversary of the massacre approaches, the Obama administration is shifting its focus to mental health as a way to prevent future shooting sprees. 

"The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable," Vice President Biden said Tuesday, in a statement announcing new mental health spending—as he met Tuesday with parents of Sandy Hook victims.