After each and every mass shooting that doesn’t involve a Muslim, the nation, especially the NRA crowd, blames mental illness, but then, we don’t do anything about mental illness or the fact that the mentally ill can easily get a gun in so many states.
Georgia just made it easier. People who have, at some point in their lives, been so mentally unstable that they were involuntarily committed, have just been removed from the national database and are now free to purchase guns.
The people who can now buy guns include those who are incompetent to handle their own affairs and people who committed crimes because of their mental illness.
This is Georgia law. If a person was committed, and they stay out of the system for five years, they are deleted from the system.
‘We’re pulling them back after five years,’ said GBI Director Vernon Keenan, whose agency provides the commitment records to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. ‘That’s a legal dilemma (because) that person is still prohibited from possession or buying firearms.’
The names come off the national list without any review by a doctor or a court. Although these are federal records, participation in the program by each state is voluntary and subject to conditions the state may impose.
You may be surprised to learn that only the mentally ill who are involuntarily committed are ever reported to the FBI. Outpatients are not reported and neither are people who commit themselves. People who were given medication are not part of the background check, nor are most people who have anger issues. People who were committed five years ago, but have been on and off medication since are allowed to buy guns. People who were committed as children are allowed to buy guns.
Still, mental illness is not really the problem. Most mentally ill people are not violent and most shootings are not caused by mentally ill people. All shooters do have one thing in common, though. They all have guns.
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