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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:32 AM

A proposal for dealing with the potentially dangerous mentally ill [View all]

First, the vast majority of those that are dealing with a mental illness are no threat to themselves or others and their rights and privacy should be strongly protected.

Second this is a working proposal and I invite PRODUCTIVE comments directly related to the proposal.

Since the NICS database already has provisions for the mentally ill, those deemed incompetent by a judge or committed to mental hospital involuntarily, the framework is in place for a TEMPORARY hold.

This TEMPORARY hold is placed in NICS pending further medical review. I'm thinking a 30 or 60 day hold that automatically sunsets when the time expires, unless a judge authorizes an extension, with strong provisions for review and strong penalties to prevent the process from being abused, along with immunity from lawsuits if the diagnosis was made in good faith and determined to be a reasonable presumption by a review board of judges and medical professionals.

The Virginia Tech murderer should have been flagged in NICS and prevented from buying a gun.

The AZ murderer had been told not to return to the community college until he received a mental health Clarence.

The CO murderer had had contact with mental health professionals before the shooting as well

When the final police report is released for the CT murderer, I will be surprised if we don't find out that there were warning signs that could have enabled a hold to be placed on him as well.

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