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Gun Lobby Tactics - research and prevention

Sidewalker
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12/20/2012 8:17:28 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
The one thing that all of these mass killings in schools, or theaters or wherever, have in common, is a mentally deranged individual that is doing the killing. I don"t think anybody would argue that the problem requires research and some kind of increased efforts toward prevention of these all to frequent tragedies.

Here are some disturbing facts that provide perspective on the power and tactics of the NRA and gun lobbyists to suppress important research and hinder the ability of the medical profession to prevent events such as the school killings of late.

Gun violence is the second leading cause of unnatural death in the US (next to automobile accidents), and our nation"s leading public health agency, the CDC"s mission is to "create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health " through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability and preparedness for new health threats.". In 1995 the CDC spent $2.6 million dollars conducting and publishing the results of a study on gun violence, the NRA put pressure on congress and the following year the CDC"s budget was cut by $2.6 Million dollars and their charter was changed to state "None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control." So much for important research on the problem, it"s been disallowed.

Now, let"s examine the ability for medical professionals to try to prevent such tragedies.

All physicians and especially mental health professionals are trained to screen for potential violence. It is a fact that when asked, most disturbed people will tell their medical professional about homicidal or suicidal fantasies or tendencies. Such input is necessarily followed by ith inquiry about possession or access to firearms as the actual intent and ability to act becomes critical to assessing the situation.

In the Affordable Care Act, the gun lobby got a "Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights" section put into Title X which is dedicated to eliminating conversation about guns in the medical profession. This section states that medical professionals may not require disclosure or collection of information about possession or access to guns, that gun owners do not have to disclose that information, and if such information about gun possession or access is provided, medical professionals are not allowed to record it in their medical file. Under Obamacare, if Adam Lanza had told a psychiatrist that he was fantasizing walking into a school to kill as many young children as he could, they would not be allowed to ask if he had access to guns, and if he added to that input that he bought an assault rifle yesterday, they would not be allowed to record that information.

I find this very disturbing, what do you think about it?
"It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive." " C. W. Leadbeater
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12/20/2012 8:42:11 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
It worried me that the Joyce foundation funded the NRC panel.
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12/20/2012 8:42:53 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
And the CDC published their study in 2003.
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RoyLatham
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12/21/2012 11:59:09 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I don't think mental health professionals need to inquire about gun ownership. What they ought to ask about is whether the person has a propensity for violence to others, and if so the law requires that police be notified. Suppose all guns vanished. A mass murderer would then move to other means of committing mass murder: fire bombs, explosives, poisoned gas, hijacking a bus and crashing it, or whatever. Terrorists prefer methods other than guns because they can kill more people.

The reporting of violent mental cases is a weak link in the current system. Steps can be taken to make sure the police follow up more quickly and with greater facility.