Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Real gun issue is mental health, not the NRA?

[Sigh] Yes, well:

If a family member, law enforcement officer or mental health professional is concerned about the well-being of an individual, they should be able to have that individual held for a mental health evaluation.

And what if somebody is just posting anti-government screeds on forums or You Tube, is that good enough? As if that weren't difficult enough judgment call to make for a third party to make, wait, says Robbins:

But connecting the dots [with mental health records] won't help unless every gun sale is subject to an instant background check imposed on all licensed gun retailers.

Well, gee, the NRA is the #1 opponent of universal, instant background checks, citing the red herring of "insufficient funding" for the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS), so this whole idea is dead in the water and we're back to square one: we can't do mental health checks; nor can we do universal background checks.

If the NRA really wanted the NICS to be funded then it would be 100% funded in a heartbeat; anybody who thinks otherwise is naive or a partisan hack.

By Mel Robbins
June 24, 2014 | CNN

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