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Majority Say Treating Mental Health, Not Gun Control, Key to Preventing Mass Shootings

Bigdogoffthechain11 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 7:45 PM
We must acknowledge that in these cases, the firearm is not to blame. The perpetrator is to blame, and the common link among the perpetrators is mental illness. In addition to point-of-sale background checks for firearms purchases, we must enforce the standard that those who have been adjudicated as having a mental illness cannot be allowed to purchase or own firearms. “Waiting periods” and similar devices are not only Unconstitutional, they are ineffective in preventing crime, as we now see in the Newtown incident. What works, and what worked in Lampasas, is reporting individuals to law enforcement who exhibit signs of mental illness or violence, and the responsible actions of family members in denying these individuals access to firearms.
Bigdogoffthechain11 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 7:45 PM
Per the United States Code, Title 18, those determined to be mentally defective may not purchase firearms. This standard must be enforced and properly resourced by state and federal governments to create better reporting of these individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to prevent further tragedies.

A new Rasmussen Report shows the majority of Americans believe better treatement of mental health problems is the best and more effective way to prevent mass shootings, not gun control.

Americans want something done following the horrific news from Sandy Hook Elementary School last week, and a plurality believes a greater emphasis on mental health issues will be the most effective way to prevent such tragedies.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Americans believe more action to treat mental health issues will do the most to prevent incidents like...