Taking guns from the mentally
ill is not as easy as it seems

By Laurence Reisman. Press Journal. July 9, 2018

Americans are divided on many things, including 'gun control'.

But there's one 'gun-control' issue that has broad support, according to a poll taken in March by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago:

"More than 8 in 10 Americans favor a federal law preventing mentally ill people from purchasing guns," the AP reported March 23.

Earlier in March, just three weeks after the Valentine's Day massacre at a Parkland high school, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a series of gun-control proposals.

Among those measures is a 14-page law designed to temporarily prevent people "at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms."

Among the tests used to determine whether guns can be seized is whether "the person poses a significant danger, including danger as a result of a dangerous mental health crisis or violent behavior." .......

There is great potential for unintended consequences, even though aspects superficially can seem logical as a means to limit firearm's access to dangerous people. "People seek mental health help all the time, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're mentally ill." The biggest problem is actually defining 'mental illness' and not casting such a wide net that people with, for example temporary mild depression get labeled, despite posing no risk.

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