Gordon Witkin writes 'Here's what we can do about gun violence' in The New York Times in part suggesting:
Today 36 states have laws requiring the reporting of mental health records to NICS. The number of those records in the system has soared, to 6.88 million early this year from 531,000 at the end of 2008. The number of purchases that were blocked because of mental health issues advanced in lock step, Everytown said; those denials rose to more than 11,000 in 2017 from 960 in 2008. But eight other states have laws merely allowing, not requiring, mental health records to be reported, a far lower standard. And six states — Arkansas, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio and Wyoming — and the District of Columbia have no relevant law at all, so they’re providing only modest amounts of mental health documents. As of January, Montana had provided 36 relevant mental health records; Wyoming had provided 22.
Although Witkin's argument has merit, it ignores an obvious truth. Every country in the world has mental illness. Not every county in world has mass shootings literally every day. What does America have that all the other countries of the world don't--guns, guns and more guns. It is not about violent children, or people with criminal records or mental illness--it's about guns, 450 million of them.
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