Sen. Deeds has now introduced a series of bills attempting to address shortcomings that contributed to the tragedy.
“I cry a lot. I can’t focus now and talk to anyone,” wrote Deeds in an email exchange with the local publication Recorder in November. “My life’s work now is to make sure other families don’t have to go through what we are living.”Also under consideration in Virginia: increasing funding to mental health facilities so that fewer people need be turned away.
According to the Washington Post, Deeds has introduced three bills — S.B. 260, S.B. 263, and S.B. 287 — that would collectively extend how long authorities can hold someone under an emergency custody order (like the one issued to Deeds’ son); establish a statewide, real-time registry for available psychiatric beds; and make it a felony to give a firearm to someone who is prohibited from owning one.