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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Could be a good thing


The NICS Reporting Improvement Act of 2013  would apply to individuals considered by an adjuctive body, such as a federal court, to be: 
  •          An imminent danger to themselves or others
  •          Found guilty but mentally ill in a criminal case
  •          Found not guilty in a criminal case by reason of insanity or mental disease or defect
  •          Found incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case
  •          Found not guilty only by reason of lack of mental responsibility under the Uniform Code of Military Justice
  •          Required involuntary inpatient treatment by a psychiatric hospital
  •          Required involuntary outpatient treatment by a psychiatric hospital based on a finding that the person is an imminent danger to himself or to others
  •          Required involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital for any reason including drug use

This is a great and necessary step since mental illness is the common denominator in mass murders (always stopped by another gun - don't take guns away from the nonviolent!). The one concern I've heard raised is that the mentally ill might try to blame things on their psychiatrists and even put psychiatrists in danger.

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