Eric Early talks to OAN about the role mental health plays in tragic mass shootings

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Los Angeles attorney Eric Early sat down One America's Patrick Hussion to discuss mental health in the wake of two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Eric Early responded by saying that "we need to come together as a nation" and "stop politicizing this problem." He stated that he gets great hope by looking at the blood banks and how people are giving blood in the affected towns.

Early added that the suspect should be taken in and the death penalty be expedited as punishment for the crime. He noted that severe mental illness is becoming an epidemic in this country and should be taken seriously. In its current state, Early pointed out that police can't do nothing with the severely mentally ill when they are reported, so we need to figure out a way to isolate them earlier. "Kids need to be able to go to school and be safe," said Early.

Early also touched on his recent announcement to try and unseat Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff in California’s 28th District.

Here is an excerpted transcript of the interview:

Hussion: In the wake of the two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio some lawmakers who are currently on recess are looking to politicize the tragedies already as we've witnessed today in interviews and online on Twitter meanwhile in Los Angeles attorney and Republican Eric Early has thrown his hat into the ring for 2020 to take on Democrat Adam Schiff in California's 28th district and Eric Early joins me now. Republican candidate in the 28th district Eric. Thanks for being here.

Early: Thanks for having me Patrick.

Hussion: I do want to start with the two tragedies over the weekend 29 people were killed over the weekend two more have died since then. Today in El Paso as a result of that shooting as someone who's running for a seat in Congress to be a leader in this country how do you respond to that but, more importantly, as a person, how do you respond.

Early: Well, listen, this is a terrible tragedy.  All of America is with El Paso and date and now we want El Paso and Dayton to stay strong. We're strong for them we need to come together as a nation and stop politicizing this problem. I'll tell you one thing that just gives me great hope because I believe in the greatness of this country is when you look at the videos of those blood banks in those towns. You have people of all races, creeds, colors, religions, Whites, Blacks, Asians, Hispanics on and on and on, giving blood to help their fellow Americans and and that's a greatness of this country. We will we will surpass this and we have to come together as a country to figure this out and to deal with it. You know America has
gone through really hard times throughout its history but we've always gotten past and we've always overcome that. I'm confident that once all these these people stop bickering and fighting each other—these
politicians—that we can come together and do it. I really think that President Trump set the tone right this
morning to start that process.

Hussion: And the blood banks you're right those should be covered more in the media and elsewhere. The suspect in El Paso is talking to authorities. He was taken into custody, turned himself and he's talking. The federal prosecutors in Texas and the DOJ are now looking at basically the death penalty here. Your thoughts on a swift and certain death penalty such as that for a suspect like this.

Eric: Go in, take the guy, expedite the death penalty and get rid of this complete scum quite honestly. This guy should not be around you know and generally one thing we have to look at seriously. This issue of severe mental illness—it's becoming an epidemic in this country and when you mix these people up with with years and years of these psychotropic drugs you have these these crazed monsters walking around we
have to deal with it we have to look at this seriously. If I was in Congress I'd be gathering whatever people I could to get together and start looking at ways to deal with this. It's an epidemic and I do believe that with the severely mentally ill. People know these people. People have seen them for years. But right now we live in a place where if they're reported, there's nothing law enforcement can do with these people. We have to figure out a way to isolate these people, sooner, rather than later and, in certain instances, come up with
ways to involuntarily commit these people to get the help that they need and to get them off the streets for all of our safety. Kids needs to be able to go to school and be safe. Parents need to be able to send their kids to schools and know their kids are safe and people need to be able to go out just in regular gatherings like heading to the Walmart's, to their bars, to their churches, to their synagogues, and not not be afraid to that these maniacs are lurking.

Hussion: One more quick one on this: the red flag laws; if someone is suicidal, if someone shows that they are a certain danger to society, should a local judge take their guns away.

Early: Definitely. We need to take actions here. I'm a big supporter of the Second Amendment, but severely mentally ill people, that others out there know and can verify are just basically nuts—we have to be able
to do something about it.