+ 0 Votes I blame the schools Slayer_ June 28, 2013 at 3:32am PST They keep producing near brain dead Americans. + 0 Votes lots of problems djed July 13, 2013 at 1:03pm PST Well, at least you put some thought into that response. The thing about using medical records is that they don't give useful information unless you get detailed notes. Knowing that someone has a particular disorder says nothing about their potential for violence, unlike criminal charges. Whoever is making a decision based on that will be making a lot of mistakes. In other words, people's rights will be violated. Also, criminal records are public, medical records are not. For several good reasons that will occur to you if you think about your own, your family's, and your friend's records. I've also known several people with bipolar affective disorder. Again, it doesn't mean someone is violent. It sounds like you're basing your opinions only on the two you've known. "Who did YOU pi$$ off at the clinic?" When you work at small clinics you take on several jobs over a near 30-year career. If I remember correctly, when I signed up with TechRepublic there weren't any choices that adequately described my job so I picked one. I also administered a small LAN, the reason for signing up here, but not a major activity. I really liked the last line of your post: "That's just a false and grossly unqualified assumption on your part." As for your anger, do you normally call people morons in polite conversation? Don Rickles does that to be funny. If you were trying to be funny, it was an odd time and place for it. I couldn't find another explanation. + 0 Votes My guess, completely unsupported by facts. CharlieSpencer_Palmetto June 28, 2013 at 5:46am PST "How can there be ANY gray area around it? Are Americans THAT mental that even someone with a history of mental illness has his right to own a firearm defended?!?" Recent polls since Sandy Point show that between 70% and 80% of the US voting population supports a national database for the pre-screening of all gun sales. Also, the percentage of gun-owning households is down from 37% or so in the late '60s to 24% or so today. While fewer people overall own them, that minority is buying at record levels. The number of gun owning households may be down, but the average number of guns in them is going up. My totally unsupported guess is the gun industry, like the tobacco industry, sees its shrinking customer base and will do anything to slow that decline. This includes using its puppets in the NRA leadership to whip gun owners into a frenzy whenever any form of gun legislation is merely filed, regardless of whether it is eventually debated or (gos forbid) passed. Overwrought owners go on buying sprees in the potential affected political subdivision, regardless of the extent of the potential restrictions, regardless of the chances of passing or failing. The NRA exercises political power all out of proportion to its percentage of the voting population simply because it has deep pockets, which are mostly refilled not by individual owners' dues but by the gun industry. Indeed, I suspect the industry of viewing each new mass shooting like children at Christmas. They know there will be a rash of new gun control legislation proposed, driving up sales to those trying to get as many arms as possible before that legislation takes effect (which it never does). It doesn't matter if gun advocates or gun controllers win or lose the game, or even how it's played; the industry comes out ahead as soon as the anthem plays and the umpire cries, "Play ball!" + 0 Votes Simple... jp85257 June 28, 2013 at 11:40am PST it would be a violation of the HIPAA law. We must obey Federal laws. We wouldn't want to use common sense. + 0 Votes I used to have a phobia, john.a.wills July 1, 2013 at 2:28am PST never mind of what. Once I recognized that my behavior was harmful to others I saw a clinical psychologist, he gave me some exercises to do, I did them, the weird behavior stopped. Should I be forbidden to have a gun for that reason? I don't actually want one, you understand, as they are burglar magnets, and as sometimes small children, not to mention a lunatic neighbor, come into my house + 0 Votes The most insane thing I've ever seen NickNielsen Moderator July 1, 2013 at 8:19am PST Some of the same people in the gun crowd saying we should do something about mental illness are some of the same people screaming about checking medical records. One thing that keeps the radicals (both left and right) entertaining: they never allow themselves to be constrained by foolish consistency. + 0 Votes mental health djed July 8, 2013 at 7:30am PST While I agree with you that there should be gun ownership restrictions on people who were involuntarily committed, voluntary commitment is a different situation; it means the person is enough self-aware that they need help that they're seeking it. They're much more likely to hurt themselves than someone else. As to mental health as a whole, you're a long way off. Very few of the mentally ill are violent like they portray in the media. The media love to play up when one of the violent ones goes off, but barely report on the huge number of everyday murders. The vast majority of people who kill are perfectly "sane" and would never be committed. What we really need is better screening to take care of the violent before they become a danger.