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  •  While I agree that the closings are terrible (2+ / 0-)
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    The gun law redirection to mental illness serves to make it harder and less likely for a mentally ill person to seek treatment. It creates a witch hunt against people less likely to commit gun crimes on average. http://www.nytimes.com/... The proportion of mentally ill people in gun crimes is pretty low despite the hype. It's a red herring designed to take the focus off of guns and burden a population already overburdened, but with few advocates. I don't recommend allowing the gun advocates to shift the blame so easily.

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    by ebgill on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:03:20 AM PST

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    •  It depends on how the law is written (0+ / 0-)

      The whole idea of background checks depends on (1) the details being checked, (2) the relevance of those details to gun crimes (that is the tricky one), and (3) the way that they are applied in practice and enforced through audits.

      The issue of mental health clinics is unrelated to background checks.  Better mental health care for relatives of victims of gun violence and for certain behavioral issues can change the community culture in a way that reduces gun violence.  And crime in general.

      You are exactly on target about the tendency of the law enforcement community to think that there is such a thing as predictive policing.  On a community basis, there might be predictive techniques, but on an individual basis, that is a dangerous fallacy that leads to a direct collision with the Bill of Rights.  Unfortunately, we are seeing this tendency in law enforcement when it comes to terrorist suspects--profiling, manufactured evidence, and entrapment (or worse, phonying up an incident).

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      by TarheelDem on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:29:35 AM PST

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