posted on Sep, 17 2013 @ 10:10 AM
Gee .. wanna' bet there won't be any mention about MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES and the need
to help people with mental health issues (which is what these shootings are really about)
.. but instead Obama will focus on taking away guns from law abiding citizens???
I agree people with mental health issues should be helped, although there should also be no way for them to gain access to firearms...
Having stronger background checks which require also mental health certificates from professionals is one of the few ways to deal with them. If you
want a gun, you have to bring a paper signed by your psychiatrist or some mental health doctor, that says that in their eyes you are mentally stable
to get a firearm.
Here for example, if I wanted to get a firearm I could, although it would be quite long process. I would need to go through a couple-of-month safety
training on firearms (unless I go to military), get certificates from my GP and some mental health doctor, that my health and mental health are fine.
They will take a look into my known "associates", ask around my family and/or known friends about my lifestyle etc. That is how it goes the first
time. I need to get a new licence every couple of years, although the second time it only requires bringing in paperwork from my doctors. Although the
amount of gun violence round here is also pretty much near zero, so at least round here such laws work.
In US there would be issues with such laws due to very different gun laws varying by state. The black market flourishes as in some areas people can
get very easy access to firearms, while in others it is a bit more complicated process. In EU criminals would need to pass all the border safeties and
overally getting a gun inside is a risky process, which drives up the black market prices. For most people, it is easier to go through the legal
process of getting a firearm rather than paying the high price in the black market. Many would not even be able to afford getting a firearm from the
black market, which lessens the amount of firearms a lot, especially in the hands of lower-levwl criminals. At least, in my area, nearly no criminal
(assault/burglar and other low level) have a gun. Overally people though are not supportive towards firearms as most do not see a reason why to own
them, when criminals don´t.