Here is a thought. The people in the media a fucking idiots. I just watched what was supposed to be a news conference by the head of the NRA. Afterwords, the idiots on MSNBC started talking. Go below the squiggle to see what has me pissed.
The guests included the Major of L.A.(sorry I cannot spell his name without looking it up) and the AG of Delaware (Bo Biden). Both of these men were talking about a DATABASE of the mentally ill as a way to stop another Newtown. I shit you not. Now they weren't just talking about people who had been adjudicated as in five years when you lose your spouse, job or wifhaving a mental illness and placed in facility for the mentally ill, which would be in and of itself bad enough. No, they both were talking about something much bigger.
First, this is scapegoating people with mental illness! Plain and simple.
Just as importantly, how in the fuck would this work? Is every person going to be forced to take a mental health exam? How often? Because you know one day you may not have depression but what about a few years later when you lose your job, spouse, or have some other major situation that could cause depression? Who is going to pay for this exam? Who is going to conduct it? What are your rights of appeal? Can you be taken out of this database? Will this database be used for other purposes?
No, a database for the mentally ill is not the answer!
By the way, if if every person in this country is to take a mental health exam, we would not have a much smaller police force and military. The DSM5 is a big book, and there are a lot of conditions that would preclude police and military personnel from doing their jobs. Now that I say that, maybe it isn't such a bad idea