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  •  That's an NRA talking point. (3+ / 0-)

    According to today's NYT (article by R.A.Friedman, MD):

    There is overwhelming epidemiological evidence that the vast majority of people with psychiatric disorders do not commit violent acts.
    Only about 4 percent of violence in the United States can be attributed to people with mental illness.
    The "laws against crazies" meme is a complete smokescreen and has almost nothing to do with gun-related deaths.    
    •  and (1+ / 0-)
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      The offending minority within both groups, gun users and psychologically troubled, are a small minority.
      Should the law choose to 'sacrifice' some of the majority in either group? Neither Group? Both groups?

      If the gun registry contains emotionally unstable people in its listings, does the database check who cohabits?
      To reduce privacy concerns, should the database not specify which type of disqualification?

    •  Coinceidently, there is also overwhelming evidence (0+ / 0-)

      ... that the vast majority of gun owners do not commit violent acts.

      Also, lacking in this analysis you cite is the number of these
      people suffering from psychiatric disorders that have access to fire arms ... or if their families had the decency/ common sense to keep them away from them.

      Next argument.

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