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    Been thinking about this for a while now, and I wonder if we're approaching things backwards.  Because we're all pretty much thinking about background checks, we're thinking about verifying disqualifying information.  But couldn't we also just require anyone seeking to purchase any number of things that are volatile in the hands of at risk persons to provide affirmative evidence of mental health?

    There would be no need for a mental health registry at all, just a periodically updated mental health audit trail that provided voluntarily to complete the sale.  And we need not limit this to guns, but also to licenses for operating and purchases of heavy and dangerous machines, motor vehicles, etc.  Even alcohol.  Where seeking psychiatric evaluation is prohibitive, you can use a combination of exemptions and subsidies.  Even Senator Schumer's background check legislation allows for exemptions where the ratio of available sites to population falls below a certain point.

    This way, we ensure privacy and more importantly encourage people to seek examination.  

    When God gives you lemons, you find a new god.

    by Patrick Costighan on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 03:39:52 PM PDT

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