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We Know How to Stop School Shootings

j011254 Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 3:26 PM
Yesterday, President Obama made the statement that he wanted mental health care to be as easily accessed as the purchasing of a firearm. Here's the how that would work. A mentally ill patient arrives at the doctor's office and approaches the receptionist and indicates she is having thoughts which could cause harm to others and wants to see the doctor. The receptionist hands the patient a form to fill out and states a mandatory fee must be paid in order to conduct a criminal background check. The receptionist then schedules the appointment for the ten day mandatory waiting period for seeing the doctor. If this sounds familiar it is because that is how one becomes authorized to purchase a firearm in the U.S.

In the wake of a monstrous crime like a madman's mass murder of defenseless women and children at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation's attention is riveted on what could have been done to prevent such a massacre.

Luckily, some years ago, two famed economists, William Landes at the University of Chicago and John Lott at Yale, conducted a massive study of multiple victim public shootings in the United States between 1977 and 1995 to see how various legal changes affected their frequency and death toll.

Landes and Lott examined many of the very policies being proposed...

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