from my point of view the things that government (at any level) needs to do more of or do more effectively have to do with moving the pendulum back a bit in the area of involuntary committment for mental health evaluation, confinement and mandatory treatment and less to do with guns themselves
given the number of guns of all kinds legally possessed now, if simply owning guns was the real problem the entire country would look like Chicago during the height of the gangsters like Al Capone
the country does not look like that because mere possession of guns is not the real problem
Agreed. And I do feel that if a doctor KNOWS a parent of a mentally ill individual, or any family members of such a person, that it’s OK to have the “discussion” about guns and the BEST plan or consideration of gun safety while at the same time giving 100% consideration to their 2nd amendment rights — (or REFER them to someone who can help them) ...perfectly ok. Just not ok to “report” the family or confiscate their weapons. I know from experience that families do get busy, things can get overlooked and accidents can happen.
I hope to be an NP soon. This will be my approach. However, I doubt it will do much good or catch the ones who are really planning in their own evil hearts, to do such a deed. Will not stop those who are suffering an acute depression either — really doubt it.
There ARE such things as fingerprint technology on gun safes. I would think this would be highly effective. If there are any others, I’d love to learn more.
I do agree we need to get the seriously mentally ill off the streets and in a safe environment.