theodp writes: The White House took to Twitter Saturday night, warning its 3,680,252 followers that 'more than 370,000 seriously mentally ill adults and emotionally disturbed children' will be left untreated when automatic spending cuts triggered by the sequester take effect on March 1. Presumably, the tweet was intended to engender sympathy and prompt a call for action. Still, it's likely to also conjure up images of attacks by Adam Lanza, James Holmes, Jared Lougher, and others. With the shooting at Newtown putting a spotlight on U.S. mental health care, the White House has been stressing the importance of 'access to mental health treatment' to prevent gun violence.
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